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MTV's 'Jersey Shore' costs taxpayers $420K

Thursday, September 15, 2011
From left: Michael The Situation Sorrentino, Pauly Pauly D Del Vecchio, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi Sweetheart Giancola, Ronnie Fist Pump Brah Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni Jwoww Farley and Nicole Snooki Polizzi participate in the Jersey Shore panel during the 2010 MTV Networks TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Friday August 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (AP Photo by Mark Davis/PictureGroup)

From left: Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Pauly 'Pauly D' Del Vecchio, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Ronnie 'Fist Pump Brah' Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi participate in the "Jersey Shore" panel during the 2010 MTV Networks TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Friday August 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (AP Photo by Mark Davis/PictureGroup) (AP Photo)

MTV's "Jersey Shore" GTL motto might now stand for gym-tax credit-laundry instead of gym-tan-laundry.

The state Economic Development Authority on Wednesday approved covering $420,000 of the production costs for the hit reality series' inaugural 2009 season.

Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon told the Statehouse Bureau of The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Record newspaper he can't believe taxpayers are paying "for fake tanning for `Snooki' and `The Situation."'

The show centers on the cast living it up along the beach and boardwalk in Seaside Heights.

Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey says the local economy gets a boost when the cast is in the town.

Gov. Chris Christie suspended the film tax credit program in 2010 to close a budget deficit.

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Information from: The (Newark) Star-Ledger and The (Woodland Park) Record, http://www.nj.com/starledger and http://www.northjersey.com

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