Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, star of MTV reality show "Jersey Shore," says she does not plan to vote for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for president.
The Republican leader is not actually a candidate in the 2012 election and has not responded to her comments. Polizzi said on her Twitter page on Wednesday, February 1, that "someone just told me he's running for president actually. Woof."
The 24-year-old reality actress' anger appears to stem from a September 2011 decision by Christie to veto a plan to award $420,000 in tax credits from 2009 to the production company of "Jersey Shore," which depicts the lives of party-loving, self-proclaimed "Guidos and Guidettes" in New Jersey and contains censored swearing and sexual or scantily clad images.
"I will not be voting for Chris Christie," Polizzi Tweeted. "Love always, the "buffoons" from that degrading 'Jersey Shore' show. I DEF don't want a judgmental president who has NEVER met me in person ... I'll stick w Obama."
It is unclear if Christie had actually called her co-stars "buffoons." In 2009, when the series debuted, MTV came under fire from groups such as the Italian-American service organization UNICO, whose president, Andre DiMino, said the show reinforces negative stereotypes of Italian Americans. In 2010, he emailed Jay Leno, slamming the host for featuring the "Jersey Shore" cast on "The Tonight Show."
"You can be a hero to the millions of Italian-Americans who have had enough of being portrayed as mobsters and mafiosi, on the one hand, and in the case of 'Jersey Shore,' as illiterate, moronic and obnoxious bimbos and buffoons," DiMino said.
Christie said in a statement on Sept. 26, 2011 that "the tax credit to 'Jersey Shore' illustrates the potential for wasteful spending inherent in the implementation of the program," referring to the $10 million New Jersey Film Tax Credit Transfer Program, which was formed to try to lure production companies to film more movie and television projects in the state.
"We must ensure that our limited taxpayer dollars are spent on programs and projects that best benefit the State of New Jersey," Christie said. "I have no interest in policing the content of such projects; 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 citizen."
The governor had said at a press conference in New Jersey on Oct. 4, 2011 that he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination for the 2012 election, adding: "For months, I've been adamant about the fact that I would not run for president. For me, the answer was never anything but 'no.'"
The fourth season of "Jersey Shore" was filmed mostly in Italy but the cast headed back to New Jersey for season 5, which began airing earlier this month. Polizzi is one of the show's breakout stars and reportedly earns $100,000 per episode.