Pols in New Jersey want $420k 'Jersey Shore' tax credit revoked
No sooner was it revealed that the state of New Jersey gave Jersey Shore producers a $420,000 tax credit than a state senator called on the governor to block the perk permanently. Don't worry, it's not like the cast can count that high.
"It is disparaging to Italian Americans. He should veto it," state Sen. Joe Vitale told Newark's Star-Ledger about his recommended course of action for Gov. Chris Christie. The Italian-American anti-bias group ONE VOICE Coalition was even more vocal, issuing a statement demanding the tax credit alloted by the state's Economic Development Authority be closed. It was in place for Jersey Shore's first season in 2009, but has since been suspended by Gov. Christie to fill budget gaps -- although the credit still is on the books and could return.
"The Economic Development Authority has abrogated the public trust by awarding a tax credit to a show that not only stereotypes Italians, but promotes violence, and cast members who revel in openly breaking the law," ONE VOICE President Andre DiMino said in a statement. "Public monies should never be used to subsidize and promote violence, criminal behavior and ethnic stereotyping."
A spokesman for the governor's office said that while Christie does not favor the tax credit and has long been a vocal opponent of the show, he can't do away with it entirely because it is compliance with the law and is under the control of the EDA. The good news is, Jersey Shore is likely dead in the water anyway, but there will be at least three spinoffs that can all claim the tax credit now.
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