State subsidizes that other Jersey Shore

Only in New Jersey could an exhibitionist from Poughkeepsie become the state’s unofficial sweetheart/mascot -- at public expense.

I speak of Snooki, the diminutive yet larger-than-life star of Jersey Shore, whose MTV sexploits are being subsidized by Garden State taxpayers to the tune of $420,000.

That’s the amount of a state film tax credit for production costs associated with the show’s first season, the Star-Ledger reports.

Snooki, the Situation and the rest of the over-tanned gang won’t see this bonanza; it’s for 495 Productions, which began inflicting Jersey Shore upon us a mere two years ago (seems SO much longer).

You may also remember that Her Snookiness did pocket a cool $32K for a guest appearance at Rutgers University in New Brunswick last spring, during which she advised students to “party.”

No wonder.

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