“Jersey Shore” Not Bad for Jersey?

Posted on July 18, 2011

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PASHA BELYAYEV

All the publicity from Jersey Shore, which is mostly negative, is not hurting the state of New Jersey’s reputation, according to a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The poll found that 43% of people who have seen Jersey Shore still have a favorable opinion, and 41% of people who have not seen it also have a favorable opinion. The show may actually be benefiting the state, due to all the footage of its beaches, which entices people to come and visit.

The Governor of New Jersey, however, Chris Christie, expressed an unfavorable opinion of the show in an interview, calling the show “negative for New Jersey.” He explained it doesn’t represent the real New Jersey because the show picked up cast members from New York and then had them live in Jersey for the show. Only two of the cast members are actually from New Jersey.

Christie’s press secretary, Michael Drewniak, said that this poll does not change Christie’s opinion about the show. He still believes the show is an “embarrassment.”

One of the most surprising results of this poll is that 69% of people surveyed had not even seen an episode of Jersey Shore.

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