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NJ governor calls 'Jersey Shore' show negative for state

The 'Jersey Shore' series begins its second season on Thursday night, but Christie urged anyone who wants to learn about the real New Jersey should book a trip to state instead of watching the show.

MTV’s reality television series 'Jersey Shore' may attracts millions of Americans but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is no fan of the popular television show. The Republican governor thinks the reality series portrays the state in a negative light.

'Jersey Shore' is a reality television series on MTV that follows a group of Italian-American housemates in Real World-type style while they live, work and party at the New Jersey Shore.

NJ governor is no fan of 'Jersey Shore'
During an appearance Sunday on ABC's 'This Week' show, Christie told show host Jake Tapper that he thinks the MTV reality show which focuses on the escapades of a group of hard-partying housemates was negative for the Garden State, reports FOX News.

According to him, the series doesn't represent the New Jersey he knows.

When asked by Tapper if MTV’s 'Jersey Shore' was positive or negative for New Jersey, Christie replied, “Negative for New Jersey.”

Cast isn't from New Jersey
Christie said most of the uber-tanned, hair-gelled stars of the show aren't even from Jersey.

"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," FOX quoted the governor as telling Tapper.

When asked by Tapper if MTV’s 'Jersey Shore' was positive or negative for New Jersey, Christie replied, “Negative for New Jersey.”

Christie encourages Jersey Shore tourism
The 'Jersey Shore' series begins its second season Thursday night, but Christie urged anyone who wants to learn about the real New Jersey should book a trip to state instead of watching the show.

"I could tell people, they want to know what New Jersey really is? I welcome them to come to New Jersey any time. The Jersey shore is a beautiful place, and it's a place that everybody should come on vacation this summer," he said. "We've got another six weeks or so of summer left. Come to New Jersey."

Show attracts criticism
The MTV show 'Jersey Shore,' which premiered in December 2009, received a significant amount of criticism from Italian American organizations.

Last December, the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus said that the show is "wildly offensive" because MTV marketed the show, liberally using the word Guido to describe the cast members. The word Guido is generally regarded as an ethnic slur when referring to Italians and Italian Americans.

Also UNICO National, the largest Italian American organization, formally requested the cancellation of MTV’s show because it used ethnic slurs, violence and poor behavior to marginalize and stereotype Italian-Americans.

"It's worse than I imagined," UNICO National President Andre DiMino said at the time after watching the show. "MTV has festooned the 'bordello-like' house set with Italian flags and red, white and green maps of New Jersey while every other cutaway shot is of Italian signs and symbols. They are blatantly as well as subliminally bashing Italian-Americans with every technique possible. ... (The cast members) are an embarrassment to themselves, their heritage and their families."

Second season
'Jersey Shore' television show is MTV’s controversial yet wildly successful reality show about a group of youths who rent a beach house.

The second season, which will premiere in the United States on Thursday, July 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will reportedly follow season 1′s Pauly D, Mike, Snooki, Jenni, Sammi, Ronnie, and Vinny as they "escape the cold northeast and find themselves in a new destination."