New Jersey’s Governor Christie Vetoes Tax Credit for ‘Jersey Shore’

Snooki vmasJustice prevails. It’s a rare opportunity to get to praise government officials for their good judgment, but New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie has won the right.

Two weeks ago, we reported that the state of New Jersey would be offering a $420,000 tax credit to the MTV series Jersey Shore for its “services” to the state’s economy. Even Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey was adamantly behind this. However, in a favorable twist of events, Governor Christie vetoed this act, denying Jersey Shore its tax credits. Let the collective sigh of relief begin now

Christie stated, “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.”

Other members of New Jersey’s government, including Monmouth’s State Representative Declan O’Scanlon and Middlesex’s State Senator Joe Vitale, as well as by a national coalition of Italian-Americans voiced their support for Christie’s decision.

Click here to read Governor Christie’s letter to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority explaining his veto of the tax credits.

Source: The Huffington Post, Scribd

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.