Gov. Christie may block ‘Jersey Shore’ tax credit

Michelle Fields Contributor
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Snooki won’t be fist-pumping when she hears this.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may block the $420,000 film tax credit, dubbed the “Snooki subsidy,” that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority granted the show’s production company.

Gov. Christie said he “would review the actions of the authority … and decide whether to veto the tax credit.” According to The Star-Ledger, Christie has until the end of the week to make a decision.

The controversial tax credit has drawn many critics, ranging from state legislators to a national coalition of Italian-American Christie supporters.

State Senator Paul Sarlo, a Democrat from Bergen,  is usually a supporter of granting tax credits to production companies — but he is not a fan of Jersey Shore.

“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,” Sarlo said last week. “What a terrible, terrible and misguided waste.”

Officials from Seaside Heights, where the show is filmed, don’t mind the tax break. They say the wildly popular series has boosted their economy and helped out local businesses.