Newark denies permit to J-Woww and Snooki's 'Jersey Shore' spinoff
UPI News Service, 02/24/2012
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker says he has denied a permit for a "Jersey Shore" spinoff to tape in his city.
The reality TV program is to star hard-partying "Jersey Shore" regulars Snooki and J-Woww. The show's producers previously attempted to secure a permit for the spinoff in Hoboken, but city officials refused that request as well.
"While we appreciate your desire to film and capture the essence of our great city, we are confident that the filming of this show will most certainly attract a high level of local and national attention and notoriety," the New York Daily News said Booker wrote in a letter to 495 Productions, which produces the shows for MTV.
The mayor said the production could strain Newark's emergency services because they would probably need to respond to incidents involving the reality TV stars.
The Daily News said Booker has already called Snooki on her bad behavior once, responding to a 2010 Twitter message she posted in which she groused about being stuck in Newark traffic.
"Snooki!" Booker tweeted in response. "I'm the mayor where RU so I can give u a ticket 4 texting & driving we needs revenue!"
While some scenes for the as-yet-unnamed show have been taped in Jersey City, it is unclear where else in the Garden State the series might be shot.