Chris Christie's Crusade Against 'Jersey Shore' Came Too Late

Season five is likely to be the last of the reality show, with or without tax credits

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has done just about everything in his power to ostracize MTV's reality TV series Jersey Shore. In 2010, he suspended a film tax credit program that would reduce the show's production costs. In several interviews, he's railed against the show's oft-inebriated cast. "Take them back. We don't want them." And today, after discovering that the show's 2009 season filmed in Seaside Heights was still eligible for a $420,000 tax credit, he vetoed it with the swipe of a pen, tweeting "Today I stopped tax dollars from being wasted on programs that don’t work & that subsidize projects like 'Jersey Shore.'"

Sadly, the unlikely crusade against the program known for its gratuitous hair gel and sun-tanning came just a little too late. This month, the show finished filming what will likely be its last season before spinning off into a million little pieces of reality TV idiocy as Snooki, DJ Pauly D and J-Woww move on to their own, new MTV series. It began filming its fifth season earlier this summer, a return to Seaside Heights following season four in Italy, which resulted in an Italian mayor banning the crew from filming Snooki, The Situation and others near the country's treasured landmarks in fear of devaluing the areas. "It does not affect the show," MTV spokeswoman Jeannie Kedas tells The Atlantic Wire.

There was of course little chance that a few tax vetoes and harsh words from a governor would've prevented MTV from continuing one of its most-viewed series of all time. But it's occasionally nice to dream that a governor could've killed the series in its cradle back in 2009, sparing the country a lot of self-shame culminating in a 2,000-word feature of Snooki in The New York Times. To this day, if the show has any lasting impression it may be how it managed to get The Times to publish one of its crudest lede's in recent memory: "FLAKE, cow, loser, slut, idiot, airhead, trash, penguin, creep, moron, midget, freak, Oompa-Loompa, nobody." It's been quite a run.

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