July 29th, 2010
09:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Jersey Shore cast scoffs at governor's criticisms

The cast of ‘The Jersey Shore’ on Thursday scoffed at criticism leveled at them by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The cast of ‘The Jersey Shore’ on Thursday scoffed at criticism leveled at them by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

(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.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Seth in Jacksonville

    Horrible. They are an embarrassing group of lazy, unintelligent losers.

    July 29, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Doc

    Got to agree with the Governor on this one. It makes NJ look like Daytona Beach Spring Break on a year round basis. As far as what the "stars" say, what do you expect from a group of young, unmarried people who's only job is to party and preen? Nobody would be interested in watching a show about the lives of NJ young adults working hard at minimum wage jobs to try to pay for college or just make ends meet. Unless its got T&A, partying, drunk idiots, and major drama it doesn't sell.

    July 29, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. doug

    These Jersey Shore idiots are your typical NorthEast Democrats.

    Not only are you advancing George Soros domination of the world and the demise of our way of life when you vote Democrat, you are also saying that you support and encourage the way the Jersey Shore Democrat types treat other people and their overall way of life.

    If you vote Democrat look in the mirror, you will see Snookie or the situation, you really are no different than they are.

    July 29, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Ridiculous

    "And if we can help out the pockets of New Jersey that's a big bonus for us," added Vinny Guadagnino."

    I'm pretty sure he can help considering he's gotten a larger 6 figure check after negotiations with the nonMTV channel.
    He may as well help out the people near the gulf or still having Katrina issues. You know the ones that really deserve and would work hard for a 6 figure check. Not ones that allows themselves to look like immature clowns on national television.

    Ridiculous this is "entertainment"

    July 29, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. John in Brooklyn

    Scary thing is...these people VOTE!

    July 29, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Juan Jimenez

    No. What you have on the show is a gaggle of NY trash trying to make a buck at the expense of someone else. There is no such thing as a reality TV show. It's an oxymoron.

    July 29, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Inge

    The Governor is right!!!

    July 29, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. You come down here and have a good time

    you get 'em Snookie

    when my daughter grows up, I want her to be just like you

    NOT!!!

    July 29, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. nono

    Misleading Title: I would hardly call that "slamming." I saw the interview and it was just a calm statement. Disagreeing with someone is not "slamming." CNN is trying to start beef here and get clicks.

    July 29, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Terry - Indiana

    No offense, who really cares what entertainers think or say? New Jersey is a "pit" and this governor is trying to clean it up.

    July 29, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. melpa

    these kids are all trash. Jersey, New York, Wisconsin...doesn't matter. Pure, STD carrying trash, who shouldn't ahve a show or make money off of acting like pimps and hookers. Really America?

    July 29, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. kelly

    These actors and actresses are just a bunch of liberals that wouldn't know truth if it smacked them in the face.

    July 29, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Bill

    I HATE reality TV!!! Jersey Shore is just another of those shows that portray abhorrent behavior and calls it "normal." All reality shows need to be on the pay-per-view schedule along with porno and professional wrestling!

    July 29, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Mike

    The Jersey Shore show is about a group of idiots doing nothing. The show only serves to make people dumb. This also seems to be true for most of the MTV line up.

    July 29, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. FatSean

    "Jersey Shore" wouldn't even exist if the New Jersey Shore didn't already have this reputation.

    July 29, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. rich

    Who Cares what these kids say. They are on a TV show and act like idiots and provide no value to anybody.

    July 29, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Michael

    It's sad that these people are even on tv. The only enjoyment one could get is in knowing we are not them. Why their opinion should matter is beyond me. These morons should try getting a real job. The fact that reality shows are popular is a sad commentary on the state of the viewing publics mentality. Their show should be called "The Biggest Losers".

    July 29, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. John ex-Jersian

    Last time I visited the Jersey shore you could go swimming and have a donut, half a cup of coffee and the morning newspaper float to you. I literally had no idea ocean water wasn't meant to be murky green until I visited South Carolina and even better in Florida.

    July 29, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Jeff

    In other news, the governor's poll numbers skyrocketed.

    July 29, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Rob

    Pack of no-talented, spoiled punks. Snookie is a walking, talking SDT. She looks like she has a constant yeast infection.

    July 29, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. gt

    what a bunch of punks... what idiot would even watch this trash...

    July 29, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Rupert

    Are they supposed to be planting a flag a la Iwo Jima? If so, comparing the value of these people to those marines is beyond tasteless.

    July 29, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. step

    Those losers aren't intellegent enough to slam the governor. They simply stated the premis of the show. Did the person who wrote this article understand what they even said on the Today show?

    July 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. w l jones

    We need to lose ourself within our self and respect the law and other people and have a good time all together. See how much fun it will be exchange ideal without haveing to look over one shoulder at least all the time.

    July 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. jean

    This is news because?? Stop wasting space on this crowd of juveniles from "Jersey Shore".

    July 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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