EDISON - According to Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) office, 495 Productions, which produces "Jersey Shore," has been approved for a $420,000 film tax credit by the Economic Development Authority (EDA).
The motion was part of a larger package of approvals that included six other projects. The governor's office says that each of the projects, which date back to 2007, are approved by the EDA based on a rubric that looks to ensure the projects are primarily done in New Jersey.
The governor's office also says that the state doesn't weigh in on editorial content. The office explained in an email that "The Governor's opinions about Jersey Shore and its New Yorker cast are well known. They are phonies and the show is a false portrayal of New Jersey and our shore communities. He has also been clear about his belief that film tax credit programs are not the most effective way to spur economic growth throughout the State."