May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Governor Chris Christie has a message for the nine-member cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” television reality show: Get out of New Jersey.
“They parachute these people onto the Jersey Shore and try to make America think these are Jersey people, and they’re not. They’re New Yorkers,” Christie said today during a four-hour appearance on CBS Corp.’s WFAN, a sports-talk radio station in New York. “They ought to take them out to Montauk, all the way out on the point, and leave them there. And don’t drop bread crumbs, so they can’t find their way back.”
Christie, 48, a Republican of Irish and Sicilian lineage, has criticized the show since taking office in January 2010. The program portrays life in Seaside Heights and the so-called Guido culture among Italian-Americans of the Garden State. The show celebrates heavy drinking, heavy tanning and public misbehavior.
One cast member, Deena Nicole “The Blast” Cortese, comes from New Jersey, according to the show’s website. Christie called cast member Vinny Guadagnino “ridiculous and a moron.” He also singled out Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and Jenni “JWoww” Farley, saying they should “go back to New York.”
The governor said he asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday to “take them back.”
Christie joined host Craig Carton as a fill-in for Boomer Esiason on the “Boomer & Carton” show. Other topics included the looming departure of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn next year and Christie’s beloved New York Mets baseball team. WFAN is the radio broadcast home of the Mets.
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