JERSEY SHORE KICKBACK SCANDAL COSTS TAXPAYERS BIG BUCKS

Published on: September 15, 2011
Photography by: Splash News Online
JERSEY SHORE KICKBACK SCANDAL COSTS TAXPAYERS BIG BUCKS

Taxpayers are actually funding a good chunk of the JERSEY SHORE styling to the tune of $420,000  -- and boy are they mad!

New Jersey state Economic Development Authority in Trenton approved covering $420,000 of the production costs for the first season of the MTV reality phenom in 2009.

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon said he can't believe taxpayers are paying "for fake tanning for Snooki and The Situation."

The show depicts the GTL lovers whooping it up along the beach and boardwalk in the town of Seaside Heights.

Despite the brouhaha about state funded kickback Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey claims the local economy gets a boost from the show.

Especially the bars -- AND local cops who get overtime when the brawling TV divas are in town.

The police overtime costs are, of course, also funded by taxpayers.