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Is the 'Jersey Shore' bad for New Jersey? Some people sure think so.

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jersey-shoreImage Credit: MTVThe cast of Jersey Shore won’t be fist pumping this news anytime soon. Residents of New Jersey and New York are up in arms over who will claim MTV’s GTL-ing bunch. Earlier this month, a Quinnipiac University poll surveyed people about the show, and 51 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Only 11 percent had a favorable opinion, and the rest of the people refused to answer or hadn’t heard enough about the show to respond.

But far more interesting are the politics surrounding the debate. (And no, I’m not talking about the continuing love affair between Snooki and John McCain.) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got involved last month when he blamed the Garden State’s bad reputation on several cast members who are actually from New York. (If Governors really get to talk about reality TV for work, I might consider working on a political campaign someday!) Anyway, not to be outdone, New York Gov. David Paterson blamed the environment of the Jersey Shore for the seedy reputation. Fight! Fight! Fight!

And now, thanks to the work of this new poll, we know that 35 percent of New Jersey voters agree with Gov. Christie, and 19 percent agree with Gov. Paterson. For those of you who are math impaired, like me, that leaves 46 percent who just don’t know what they think. Say what?! No opinion on the Jersey Shore? For shame!

Anyway, I think it’s important to point out that only 1,190 people actually participated in this poll. In terms of actual New Jersey population, that’s not even a drop in the bucket. I can probably name 1,190 who LOVE watching Jersey Shore. (Okay, you’re right. I can’t. But I can at least name 20.) And the show’s high ratings seem to make the whole debate moot. (Or “moo” if you’re a Friends fan.)

Your turn to take on the debate. Are you Team Christie, Team Paterson, or Team I Just Like To Watch Jersey Shore, like me?


Originally posted August 26 2010 — 6:35 PM EDT

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