It must be difficult to be a year-round resident in a town crowded with tourists in the summer; when you add a popular reality show into the mix, it can be more dangerous than annoying.
At least, that's what one New Jersey official claims, and he's proposing a bill to add extra law enforcement to the towns affected by the show "Jersey Shore" during taping. With so many of the cast members being arrested over the seasons for various infractions--several of which have been in public and have involved alcohol--Assemblyman Ronald Dancer says adding more security for the safety of the innocent people just makes sense.
"This bill will permit local officials to make sure taxpayers don't get 'Snook'-ered or public safety is compromised when reality stars such as Snooki or JWoww come to town," Dancer said.
The money for such an endeavor would come from licensing the reality show and then levying the associated fees to cover law enforcement costs. And while Dancer says he wants to make sure his town is safe, he doesn't want to discourage the show--or any reality show--from taping there, as it draws in much-needed revenue and tourism.
The idea is a win-win for everyone, because it would also bring costs down for taxpayers, who otherwise would have to shoulder the burden of the beefed-up security.