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The reality of MTV's "Jersey Shore" is that it is having a big impact on the economy of Seaside Heights, a shore town that has seen better days, especially with the way the economy has slumped these past couple of years.
"Jersey Shore" is notorious for its fist-pumping debauchery and reckless bad behavior, but who's to blame for perpetuating the rowdy reputation? Quinnipiac University recently took a poll to find out.
Despite the show’s title, many of the cast members are actually from the New York area, which has spurred an ongoing debate over which state should shoulder the blame for the antics of the cast members; New Jersey or New York?
According to the poll, about 35 percent of Jersey residents, including Gov. Christopher Christie, feel that the Empire State is to blame for the cast's bad behavior. Many New Jersey residents resent the fist pumping, GTL’ing, shirt-before-the-shirt wearing reality stars just as much as New Yorkers -- and plenty of natives feel the hit show gives their state a bad reputation.
But New York Governor David Paterson, whose sentiments about Jersey have been well and humorously documented on "Saturday Night Live," disagrees.
Paterson feels the real culprit behind the rotten behavior is the Jersey Shore environment itself. Nearly 20 percent of New Jerseyans agree. The rest of the state, roughly 46 percent, is undecided.
It seems the issue over getting a bad rap has brought New Jersey together -- Republicans, Democrats, men and women -- with the state having a 51 – 11 percent margin of those polled all expressing their disapproval for pint-sized starlet Snookie and the rest of America’s favorite overtanned TV stars.
Overall, the Garden State’s message is clear, “The Jersey Shore” just makes their state look bad, plain and simple.
And Quinnipiac University Polling Institute director Maurice Carroll put it best: “New Jerseyans to New York: Keep your low-lifes at home and away from our seashore”.
Do you agree with the results? To see where you fall with this love/hate relationship check the poll.