Justice 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.