Simon Vozick-Levinson
July 26, 2010 AT 12:40 PM EDT

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not a Jersey Shore fan. As noted by the New York Times, ABC’s Jake Tapper asked Christie on The Week yesterday whether Situation, Snooki, and the gang are “positive for New Jersey or negative.” Christie answered “negative” without batting an eyelash. “What it does is it takes a bunch of New Yorkers — most of the people on Jersey Shore are New Yorkers — drops them at the Jersey Shore and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey,” he complained.

First, kudos to Tapper for not being afraid to pose the important questions. Second, wow, Gov. Christie. Say what you like about the show, but calling those kids New Yorkers? Harsh.

Take a look at their exchange on YouTube. They get to Jersey Shore around the 9:30 mark, after all the tax and budget talk. What do you think — is Jersey Shore bad for Jersey? Has the show changed your opinion of the state? And would you take Gov. Christie up on his offer to visit the real Jersey Shore this summer and see what it’s all about?

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