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Only two Jersey natives in the 'Jersey Shore' cast

Published Oct. 22, 2011

The statement

Says "these Jersey Shore folks, they're from New York."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wednesday in a radio interview

The ruling

The cast members of Jersey Shore may live by three words - gym, tan, laundry - but Chris Christie has just one to describe their show: bad.

The New Jersey governor, in a recent radio interview, slammed the MTV show, repeating one of his favorite criticisms of its cast. The roommates in the Seaside Heights beach house aren't from New Jersey.

"These Jersey Shore folks, they're from New York," Christie said.

There are eight fist-pumping housemates who are the target of Christie's scorn. Of them, two are New Jersey natives, PolitiFact New Jersey found.

Samantha Giancola, or Sammi, and Deena Nicole Cortese were born and raised in New Jersey. Giancola hails from Hazlet.

Cortese is from New Egypt. She joined the cast in season three, replacing Staten Island, N.Y.-native Angelina Pivarnick.

Five of the six other cast members are New York natives.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was born in Staten Island but grew up in Manalapan. His publicist said Sorrentino still lives in New Jersey, but he also conducts business in Miami. Jenni "JWoww" Farley also grew up in New York, but now lives within Jersey's borders, according to an MTV spokesperson.

Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Magro and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are from New York. Rhode Island-native Paul DelVecchio is the only cast member from outside the tri-state area.

An MTV spokesperson declined to comment on Christie's remarks. But Polizzi spoke with the Star-Ledger in August.

"It's the Jersey Shore. We're not trying to represent Jersey," she said. "Even if you're from Africa, you're gonna come here."

The governor said the cast members of the Jersey Shore are from New York and misrepresent "who the people are here in New Jersey."

Sammi and Deena are true Jersey girls - born and raised. "The Situation" was born in New York, but grew up and still lives in New Jersey. We think he deserves some Jersey cred.

Four New Yorkers - one of whom, "JWoww," has since moved to New Jersey - and a Rhode Island-native round out the rest of the crew.

We rate Christie's statement Half True.

ERIN O'NEILL, PolitiFact New Jersey

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