LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (WPIX)—Gov. Chris Christie is on a mission to rid New Jersey of two of its most famous seasonal house guests - Snooki and The Situation.
Christie, who has never shied away from voicing his distaste for the hit MTV show "Jersey Shore," has said in the past that the reality show and its cast give a bad and inaccurate impression of the state.
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"Remember, Snooki is from Poughkeepsie and the Situation is from Staten Island," he said to applause. "That's not New Jersey!"
He goes on to make a plea to Cuomo, suggesting that the cast members have outworn their welcome.
"Take them back. We don't want them," he said.
Before riling up the crowd, Christie should have done some fact checking. Although Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was born in West New Brighton, Staten Island, he grew up for most of his childhood in Manalapan, New Jersey.
What Christie failed to mention at the town hall meeting Tuesday was how interest in the monster hit reality show has generated record revenue for business in the Seaside Heights area. According to the office of the borough of Seaside Heights, revenue from sales of beach passes during the summer of 2010 increased 38% to $995,000 - an all-time record.