Tuesday, September 27, 2011

High-Five for Governor Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes "Jersey Shore" Production Tax-Credit

Yes, I usually have negative comments about Governor Christie; my past posts have attacked his leadership style and character. Today, I am here to give Governor Christie a high-five and even offer to buy him a drink. Governor Christie put his big mouth and bully pulpit to good use by letting New Jersey tax-payers off the hook for the monstrosity known as "Jersey Shore."

Apparently you can't make cuts to education and then turn around and give money to Snooki and Pauly D. There would have been something morally corrupt about that action. I am pretty sure that Governor Christie wasn't really thinking about the school teachers but was more consumed by his deep-seeded hatred (he and I have something in common here) of the "Jersey Shore" show whose cast has fueled the negative portrayal of New Jersey's citizens.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Monday blocked a $420,000 tax credit that the state’s Economic Development Authority had approved last week.

Was the loser a high-tech startup? An alternative energy company, perhaps?

No. It was Snooki and the Situation.

The production company behind the reality series “Jersey Shore” had applied for the credit, intended to expand film and television shooting in the state, to help cover costs for its inaugural season in 2009.

Mr. Christie said he was “duty-bound” to see that taxpayers were “not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”

“In this difficult fiscal climate,” he wrote to Caren S. Franzini, the chief executive of the Economic Development Authority, “the taxpayers of New Jersey should not be forced to subsidize projects such as ‘Jersey Shore.’ ”

Should "Jersey Shore" receive a tax-credit for production in New Jersey?
Was Governor Christie right to veto the tax-credit?

What are your thoughts about the reality show "Jersey Shore?"
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