Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer rejected a film permit request for a Jersey Shore spinoff starring Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Jenni J-WOWW Farley. The town held a meeting to discuss if a Jersey Shore spinoff would be in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the community, Hoboken determined that the show, which would require a 24-hour film permit, would violate the town's 11 p.m. curfew for residential filming.
In a letter sent to MTV, Hoboken cites quality of life as one reason for the denial of the Jersey Shore spinoff. After careful deliberation, the members of the film commission, including representatives from Health and Human Services, Environmental Services, and the Administration, with input from our public safety officials, have determined that in the interest of public safety and quality of life, the permit application for 495 Productions/MTV's production of the Jersey Shore spin-off has been denied.
Hoboken's chief of police, Anthony Falco, said that a Jersey Shore spinoff would pose numerous safety problems, including no site control, as the cameras simply follow the cast around. He also said that if people found out where Snooki and J-WOWW were, it would cause crowd control and traffic problems. The constant presence of such a production would be an attractive nuisance causing crowds to assemble at every hour of the day and night, he said, according to Reuters.
And lest MTV think of filming in the city without a permit, which it admitted it did during a Jan. 24th meeting, Mayor Zimmer squashed that idea quickly. There will be zero tolerance for this kind of approach in the City of Hoboken, she said. Any attempts to film in a manner that is not permitted without a permit will be dealt with immediately and aggressively by the City of Hoboken.
The Jersey Shore has been denied by New Jersey before. In September, Governor Chris Christie denied the show a $420,000 tax credit to film in new Jersey, saying he was obligated to protect his taxpayers from a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.
MTV still has the opportunity to appeal the decision to deny them a film permit for the Jersey Shore spinoff.