Chris Christie vetoed the "Snooki Subsidy" today, a $420,000 production tax-credit that was to be given to the MTV reality show, The Jersey Shore. Christie has long been a critic of the show, which he believes "does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens." But his reasons were also financial; New Jersey has been suffering from a serious budget crunch. The money, Christie said in a letter released today, would be better spent on "projects that actually benefit the state."
The tax credit first came to public attention earlier this month, when it was reported that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved a subsidy for the show in 2009, for the program's first season. Local lawmakers, ranging from state legislators to a national coalition of Italian-American Christie supporters, have heavily criticized the bill. “Let us just hope against hope that New Jersey taxpayers don’t end up paying for Snooki’s bail the next time she is arrested,” said State Senator Paul Sarlo. “What a terrible, terrible and misguided waste.”
MTV spokesman Nathaniel Brown said the company was unfazed by the decision, saying simply that "The governor's decision will not impact the show."