Is the 'Jersey Shore' bad for New Jersey? Some people sure think so.

jersey-shoreImage Credit: MTVThe cast of Jersey Shore won’t be fist pumping this news anytime soon. Residents of New Jersey and New York are up in arms over who will claim MTV’s GTL-ing bunch. Earlier this month, a Quinnipiac University poll surveyed people about the show, and 51 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Only 11 percent had a favorable opinion, and the rest of the people refused to answer or hadn’t heard enough about the show to respond.

But far more interesting are the politics surrounding the debate. (And no, I’m not talking about the continuing love affair between Snooki and John McCain.) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got involved last month when he blamed the Garden State’s bad reputation on several cast members who are actually from New York. (If Governors really get to talk about reality TV for work, I might consider working on a political campaign someday!) Anyway, not to be outdone, New York Gov. David Paterson blamed the environment of the Jersey Shore for the seedy reputation. Fight! Fight! Fight!

And now, thanks to the work of this new poll, we know that 35 percent of New Jersey voters agree with Gov. Christie, and 19 percent agree with Gov. Paterson. For those of you who are math impaired, like me, that leaves 46 percent who just don’t know what they think. Say what?! No opinion on the Jersey Shore? For shame!

Anyway, I think it’s important to point out that only 1,190 people actually participated in this poll. In terms of actual New Jersey population, that’s not even a drop in the bucket. I can probably name 1,190 who LOVE watching Jersey Shore. (Okay, you’re right. I can’t. But I can at least name 20.) And the show’s high ratings seem to make the whole debate moot. (Or “moo” if you’re a Friends fan.)

Your turn to take on the debate. Are you Team Christie, Team Paterson, or Team I Just Like To Watch Jersey Shore, like me?


Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • nich

    Team I just like to watch some fun tv and the politicians need to get over themselves.

  • jordan

    theyre awful in every single way possible.

  • JC

    Ridiculous … Firstly only 2 of the cast members are from NJ and secondly .. When did the Jersey Shore (Location) represent all of the NJ , I know people who go there to have fun like these kids

  • H

    “In terms of actual New Jersey population, that’s not even a drop in the bucket.”

    Somebody doesn’t know how opinion polls work.

  • JPX

    Watching just one episode of Jersey Shore was enough for me to vow never to visit the Jersey shore. The show suggests that the area is replete with uneducated, lower-class animals who cope with perceived disrespect by using their fists. The women are absolutely loathsome. It will be fun to follow up with the cast 10 years from now when they’re all broke, penniless and fat.

    • Samantha

      I am sorry for you then, JPX. The entire Jersey Shore is nothing like what is portrayed by the losers on MTV, as well as the town of Seaside is possibly the worst Jersey beach town. I’d rather go to Cape May or Ocean City. These are much nicer, cleaner cities than Sleazeside will ever be.

    • Karen

      I’d like to add Bradley Beach and Avon by the Sea too. Good beaches, a lot of great restaurants and fun bars.

      • erak

        Avalon/Stone Harbor. Beautiful and quiet.

  • nick

    dankest show ever made, stop complaining ords

  • JerseyGirl

    I grew up at the Jersey Shore; even though I don’t live in NJ anymore, I’m proud of where I come from. I tell people that real Jersey Shore people are too boring to make a show out of! The tourists who pack Seaside are hysterical, so that makes for better TV. I’ve never watched Jersey Shore, but I know enough about it from EW and other media. It’s just a TV show, it’s harmless fun. And to be honest, even though real Jersey Shore people aren’t exactly like the characters on the show, they do have some of the same attitudes and mannerisms. I’ve known girls who were quite Snooki-like, and plenty of Situation-types. But the GTL thing? Please…a real Jersey guy gets his mom to do his laundry for him!

  • erak

    The article failed to specifically mention that these kids are specifically from Staten Island, a festering breeding ground of d-bags and guidettes.

    Seriously, it’s a land so horrid even Long Island wouldn’t take them in.

  • Jon

    The Jersey Shore’s cast has New Jersey a pretty bad name in the past few seasons. Since the show first took off, they do nothing but party and portray a completely different lifestyle than what actually goes on in Jersey. Lowering the state’s reputation is bad enough, but when this show is constantly amplifying it to viewers all over the country, it’s even worse. Not everyone in New Jersey fist pumps all the time nor do they get drunk at bars and urinate in public. Although I’m sure this does happen, but not to the extent that the show portrays to viewers. Also, not the entire cast members are from Jersey so those shouldn’t even be included in the shame that the show brings. However to the viewers, “The Jersey Shore” represents exactly that regardless of where the people are actually from. If they were going to bring people from New York and Staten Island, they should maintain a neutral title even though it is actually set in Seaside. Having lived in New Jersey for quite some time, I know for a fact that the Jersey Shore is portraying the state as a lower class region which it is clearly not.

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