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Christie vetoes ‘Jersey Shore’ tax breaks


Hooray for (fiscal) sanity!  The Star-Ledger reports:

Gov. Chris Christie squashed a controversial $420,000 tax credit called the "Snooki subsidy" for the first season of the hit MTV show, saying taxpayers could not afford to support a program that tarnishes the state’s reputation.

"I have no interest in policing the content of such projects," the governor said in a news release. "However, as chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens."

For some reason, however, tax credits for other entertainment programs were OK'd:

In blocking the "Jersey Shore" tax credit, Christie assumed the unusual role of critic-in-chief. For example, he let stand tax credits for other shows, including "Hell in a cell at Newark," a collection of live wrestling shows, and "Chlorine," a movie starring Kyra Sedgwick.

Still, I consider nixing a "Jersey Shore" loophole a good first start.

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