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'Snookiville' Law Aims to Give Towns Say Over TV Productions

Reality shows film throughout the state, including Manchester

Spurred by the filming of MTV shows throughout New Jersey in recent years, a bill to be introduced in the state Legislature "explicitly permits" municipalities to have a say in regulating productions. 

Dubbed the "Snookiville Law," the bill to be introduced by District 12 Republican Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer would allow towns to license and regulate reality TV shows, like the "Snooki & JWoww" production that .

“The popularity of MTV’s 'Jersey Shore' and other reality shows can attract crowds to a community,” Dancer said in a news release. “That can be great for local businesses and a costly challenge to a town’s ability to control crowds and protect public safety." 

Under the legislation, towns could adopt licensing ordinances and impose certain conditions on the production, such as requiring producers to ensure public safety by paying for an additional police presence, according to the release. 

"This will help local officials make sure that the attention reality stars like Snooki and JWoww bring to their town benefits local residents and businesses,” Dancer said in the release.

Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola said that so far, the "Snooki & JWoww" production has caused no issues in town. While the mayor said that he does not feel the state law is "totally necessary," he has no objection to it. 

"[Dancer] feels that in some communities there may be a need for it," Fressola said.

"The reality is these shows may cost taxpayers money by requiring additional services when cameras are rolling in town, and town leaders should have the option to license and regulate if deemed necessary,” Dancer said in the release.

But in Manchester, the police department has not been taxed by the production, Fressola said, as officers complete routine patrols through the area.

"To date, they've been very good neighbors," Fressola said. "I've heard nothing but good comments from the neighbors."

The borough administrator for Seaside Heights, where "Jersey Shore" filmed four of its six seasons since 2009, told the Asbury Park Press that he is uncertain if the legislation would usher in change, since towns already charge shows or work out agreements with producers.

A representative at Dancer's office said that once the bill is introduced, it could take anywhere from six months or longer for it to become law. 

ed crowley September 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
This law is not needed the towns can pass an ordinance against filming. Toms River has this rule and that is one reason that the show was not done in Toms River.
RayneL September 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Unlike the problems caused in Seaside due to the production of the Jersey Shore, they have been relatively quiet and haven't done anything wrong...other than producing the show without consent of the town. No fights, no involvement of the police..let it go. also, I love how Dancer talks about costing the taxpayers money with these shows but correct me if I'm wrong the taxpayers pay for debates and such required to make such laws. How ironic.
bhavaja September 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM
NYC does same thing, it is geared at large film/shoot crews- protects landmark and special areas as well as peoples rights to not be filmed if not aware....
Property Taxed 2 Death September 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM
any law that can ban the bump headed troll slut and J Dog is a good law
Property Taxed 2 Death September 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
i really hate excessive laws and regulations but if this proposed law would be limited to cast members of what are falsely labeled 'reality TV shows' and permitted the death penalty or life in prison or to make the low life's sterile so they can not breed, I'd support that also. The 2 pigs mentioned, are worse than radical muslime terrorists, lower than snake crap, stink more than a pig farm and are more annoying than 10,000 cats in heat. they have absolutely no value to society, have never done anything productive or good and they and their cast members are the most worthless vile and discusting no moral drunken scum of the earth creatures ever to escape NYC. I'd rather have a pack of rats as a neighbor

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