TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said today he was not aware of the $420,000 tax credit the production company of the MTV hit show “Jersey Shore” received.
However, the matter is not totally closed, as Christie pointed out at a press conference that he still has veto power over the authority’s minutes.
He said he will wait for a recommendation from his staff before deciding how to act upon it.
Last week, the state Economic Development Authority signed off on the tax credit for “495 Productions,” which produces the show about libidinous young adults obsessed with clubbing, gym, tanning and laundry.
He took a shot at Sen. Paul Sarlo, (D-36), of Wood-Ridge, for criticizing the tax credit, when, in fact, he supported the actual policy.
“This is a film tax credit given under the Democratic policy of film tax credits,” he said. “Now he (Sarlo) complains about the way the law was applied.”
He said he probably did a good thing by vetoing the program.
“If I signed his law, ‘Jersey Shore’ will probably be able to get more tax credits.”
He added that Sarlo changes his position so many times that he “would be great at Twister.”