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'Jersey Shore' costs N.J. taxpayers but benefits Seaside Heights economy

jerseyshore080611_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Need a few more taxes on your plate? New Jersey has done it again.

Taxpayers will be picking up the tab for $420,000 in production costs from the Jersey Shore’s first season under a state film tax credit approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The approval was part of the first round of film tax credits awarded by the EDA.

According to NJ.com, Governor Christie doesn’t approve of the tax credit, but he can’t veto it. The governor’s spokesman Michael Drewniak said, “The Governor cannot veto EDA action that is in compliance with non-discretionary, existing law.” He said that the tax credit is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis based on a set of strict guidelines that are blind to content.

Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey told NorthJersey.com, "The boost to the economy shows. When they are here this place is busy. A lot of businesses appreciate that."

No word on whether Mayor Hershey has actually seen the program. Some reports do say revenues for local distilleries and security forces have gone through the roof. Actually, according to WPIX, beach and parking revenue at Seaside Heights was up about 20 percent compared to nearby beaches.

NJ.com reported the summary of the show that came the EDA application: "The film is about eight roommates who live in a house and work in an establishment on the New Jersey Coast. Cameras capture the interaction among the roommates at work and at play in Seaside Heights."

 

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