MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ loses tax credit

So who should foot the bill?

Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey, has blocked a $420,000 tax credit that the producers of the hit MTV show ‘Jersey Shore’ are trying to get.

Last week the Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved the ‘Jersey Shore’ tax credit for the filming the show in Jersey, but Christie has now stepped in and says that it’s unfair for the tax payers to be footing the bill for the show.

Christie said that he was ‘duty bound’ to make sure that the public would “not [foot] a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”

In a letter that Christie sent to the EDA, he said that in “this difficult fiscal climate” that they should not be picking up the tab for a show that “illustrates the potential for wasteful spending.”

Christie is still considering challenging Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in the Republican presidential primaries and after seeing what kind of power the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast has with the whole Abercrombie & Fitch disaster, we wonder how Christie will fair if he does run.

Do you think that ‘Jersey Shore’ should receive a tax credit?  Do you think that any shows or films should be receiving tax credits at all?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Photo: MTV

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