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) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn't want his state to be associated with the

Jersey Shore

. While Christie is concerned about the image the reality series evokes on the state, there's certainly a financial benefit to the cast GTL-ing in Seaside Heights.

Christie vetoed a $420,000 tax break on Monday that was supposed to cover production of the first season of MTV's hit reality series that had been approved by the state Economic Development Authority.

The governor has been a strong proponent of the show that's made Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, famous.

"I have no interest in policing the content of such projects," Christie said in a statement. "However, as chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens."

But what Christie has failed to realize is like it or not,

Jersey Shore

has also been credited with boosting tourism to Seaside Heights and its Boardwalk businesses.

-- Written by Jeanine Poggi

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