call-in-the-authoritiesTwelfth-district Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon of Little Silver is seeing red over news that New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for a $420,000 tax credit to the producers of ‘Jersey Shore,’ the reality TV show that does for the state’s image what hypodermic needles do for beaches.

From an article in today’s Star-Ledger, which reports on the tax deal:

“I can’t believe we are paying for fake tanning for ‘Snooki’ and ‘The Situation’, and I am not even sure $420,000 covers that,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “This is a great investment for the taxpayers, as if they can make a show called ‘Jersey Shore’ anywhere else.”

The credits offset production costs of the show, which is shot in Seaside Heights, from the 2009 season. Governor Chris Christie has since shut down the giveaway, the Sledger reports.