‘Jersey Shore’ Boosts State Tourism, But NJ Governor Says ‘You Can Have Them Back’

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We just received a press release touting the fact that New Jersey tourism as well as the tanning salon business are on the rise, thanks to Jersey Shore, the second season of which premieres tomorrow night. In honor of this growth, the show's Angelina Pivarnick will speak tomorrow alongside New Jersey merchants and Beach Bum Tanning officials (pshh, we've heard that one before) on the Steps of the State House at the New Jersey State Capitol Building, in Trenton.


“They will be announcing a 22% boost in local business along with tanning salons across New Jersey and the United States due to the popularity of Jersey Shore,” says the press release. Well, that's funny, especially considering that this “press conference” is being held at the State Capitol Building…because New Jersey's Governor has publicly stated on several occasions that he pretty much detests Jersey Shore.

This morning, on The Today Show, Governor Chris Christie told Matt Lauer, “Yeah, listen, we'll find other ways to increase tourism. We'll take Snooki and The Situation and you can have them back.”

Over the weekend, in an interview with ABC, he said, “What it does is takes a bunch of New Yorkers — most of the people on Jersey Shore” are New Yorkers … [and] drops them at the Jersey Shore, and tries to make Americans feel like this is New Jersey.”

So. You get the point.