ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
Last month, as Hurricane Irene threatened to strike, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie famously told vacationers along the Jersey Shore to “get the hell off the beach.” On Monday, the governor expressed a similar sentiment about a film tax credit that would have gone to the MTV reality television series, “Jersey Shore.”
Christie announced today he is vetoing $420,000 in tax credits, which came to be known as the “Snooki Subsidy,” that the state’s Economic Development Authority was set to provide to the show.
“We must ensure that our limited taxpayer dollars are spent on programs and projects that best benefit the State of New Jersey,” Christie said in a statement. ”I have no interest in policing the content of such projects; however, as Chief Executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens.”
According to a release from the governor’s office, Christie cited his “long held, serious concerns about the limited value and return on the cost of the New Jersey Film Tax Credit Transfer Program” in his veto letter.
According to the N.J. Star-Ledger newspaper, “‘Jersey Shore’ is the most widely watched show in MTV’s history,” but it has been widely criticized for the lewd behavior of its stars as well as its portrayal of Italian-Americans.
Christie, on Monday, was on the opening day of a week-long fundraising swing that will take him to Missouri, California, and Louisiana as speculation about whether he is reconsidering his decision not to run for president continues to persist.