A New Jersey assembly member is trying to get a bill pushed through that would allow towns to have a say in if reality TV shows can be filmed within their boundaries.
Ocean County Republican Assemblyman Ronald Dancer introduced legislation Monday for the Snookiville Law, which would let towns decide the conditions imposed on productions, including making TV crews pay for additional police officers needed to maintain public safety during production and filming of series.
The bill is named after Jersey Shore case member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, as her show and the hoopla surrounding it became a (very monetarily profitable) distraction in Seaside Heights.
It was common during the series run to see cast members brawling or obscenely drunk in public. Extra police officers were routinely assigned to areas where the show was filming.
Even though Jersey Shore is ending, Snooki will continue to haunt us. Her and co-star Jennifer "JWoww" Farley have been filming in nearby Manchester, without incident.
I think this is a good, fair law. Filming Jersey Shore in Seaside Heights unquestionably brought it more attention - for good or bad. And while it led to more business for the area, it also led to more conflict and drama. Besides, a town should be able to say no, shouldn't it?