New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today pulled the plug on a tax credit for Jersey Shore, likening it to “wasteful spending.” The MTV reality show’s producer 495 Productions was to receive a $420,000 tax break for filming in the state as part of an economic development initiative. It’s a tiny victory for the Italian Americans who have repeatedly railed against the hugely successful show and who reached out, along with a New Jersey assemblyman, to ask Christie to block the subsidy. Though the governor says he doesn’t want to police the content of specific projects, he doesn’t count Jersey Shore among those that best benefit the state. “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,” Christie wrote.
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