Just last month, New Jersey governor Chris Christie blocked a $420,000 tax credit that would have covered filming of Jersey Shore. Christie claimed he was “duty-bound” to keep taxpayers from footing that bill, though of course we all know that the governor is one of Jersey Shore‘s biggest detractors. But now we’ve learned, thanks to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, that the majority of NJ residents agree with him.
The results show that 71% support Christie’s decision, with 78% agreeing with his specific wording that “stars” like Snooki, The Situation, and Angelina Pivarnick ”perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”
(Christie made a similar statement in 2010, though then he was just fanning the fires of inter-state rivalry by saying, “What it does is takes a bunch of New Yorkers — most of the people on Jersey Shore are New Yorkers –[and] drops them at the Jersey Shore, and tries to make Americans feel like this is New Jersey.”)
Referring to these misconceptions, 67% agree that Jersey Shore is simply bad for the Garden State’s image. Although you had about 20% who didn’t know enough about the show to comment, it’s worth noting that there wasn’t much different in (negative) opinion among 18-to-35-year-olds, the show’s core audience.