(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have learned a valuable lesson this week: Don't mess with the cast of the hit MTV reality show The Jersey Shore.
Several of the cast members took aim at Christie's recent criticisms that targeted their wild antics, saying the governor is missing the point of the raucous reality show that has made Seaside Heights, New Jersey an infamous symbol of endless partying, lascivious get-togethers, and barroom brawls.
"Our show is about coming to the shore and having a good time," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi told NBC's The Today Show Thursday. "You don't have to be from New Jersey. The shore is about getting a shore house. You can be from you know, Connecticut, whatever, New York. You come down here and have a good time."
Snooki's comments come days after Christie, the newly-minted New Jersey governor, said the show is an "unrealistic" and "negative" portrayal of his beloved Garden State, and encouraged Americans to vacation on the state's shoreline despite what they see on MTV.
"What it does is it takes a bunch of New Yorkers, who are – most of the people on 'Jersey Shore' are New Yorkers – takes a bunch of New Yorkers, drops them at the Jersey shore, and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey," Christie said on ABC's This Week.
"I love New Jersey. I love coming here," said Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, dismissing Christie's comments. "It's a blast and everybody like to have us here. We have a lot of friends here."
"And if we can help out the pockets of New Jersey that's a big bonus for us," added Vinny Guadagnino.
For the record, six of the show's eight cast members are from New York. Only one is from New Jersey while the other is from Rhode Island.