Snooki Got $425 Million Over Five Years, But Governor Murphy Doubles Down On His Plan To Rob Firefighters Of $33 Million

Phil Murphy

Phil Murphy

As if it wasn’t bad enough that last year Murphy took money away from our veterans he decided to up the ante this year by deciding that he wants to take money away from firefighters.

It doesn’t matter to Murphy that there are lots of folks angry about the fact he wants to take $33 million from firefighters. He doubled down and defended the idea. According to

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday defended his plan to siphon $33 million from a relief fund for New Jersey firefighters in need as the move drew outrage from first responders and state lawmakers.

At an unrelated news conference in Newark, Murphy said that while he reveres firefighters and is willing to meet to discuss his budget proposal, the state and local relief agencies have ample resources to meet the needs of the active and retired volunteer and career firefighters in their ranks.

Just yesterday I wrote that it appeared Murphy was punishing firefighters for being good with their money. The above statement pretty much backs that thought up.

But here’s the thing folks seem to forget. Last year, after taking money from our veterans, Murphy still felt it was important to sign Senate Bill No. 122, the “Snooki Amendment,” giving away $425 million in tax credits to the film industry.

That’s right, last year Murphy signed into law a bill that helps Snooki pee away $425 million over five years.

Ask yourself, who is more deserving of money, Snooki, of Jersey Shore fame, who has infamously been peeing on dance floors since 2012 or New Jersey’s firefighters?

Is Governor Murphy Helping Snooki Pee Away Taxpayer Dollars

Earlier this month Governor Murphy signed Senate Bill No. 122, the “Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act,” also known as the “Snooki Amendment.”

Snooki, of Jersey Shore fame, has infamously been peeing on dance floors since 2012 and more recently in pools.

So, the question becomes, by signing the “Snooki Amendment” is Governor Murphy helping Snooki pee away $425 million over five years?

State Senator Joe Pennacchio thinks so. On Monday, he announced “that he has sent a letter requesting that the State Auditor conduct a full evaluation of the Garden State Film Tax Credit, to determine if it is in fact a worthwhile investment of New Jersey’s scarce financial resources.”

In his letter to the State Auditor, Pennacchio writes, “$425 million. For that amount of money, New Jersey could hire more than six thousand additional special education teachers to help our must vulnerable students, and still pay them the going rate.”

Pennacchio continues, “This ‘tax incentive program’ is purely a giveaway to special interest groups who have no interest in the long-term financial wellbeing of our state. Why even call it an incentive? As designed, the program does not give these companies any reason to invest more money into our economy than they have previously spent. It is, in my view, an unconscionable waste of state resources.”

It's obvious Senator Pennacchio knows better than to join the governor in helping Snooki pee away our tax dollars. One has to wonder why other elected officials aren’t as vocal in trying to stop the waste of our money.

Considering a 2012 report from the Tax Foundation found that “aside from studies paid for by economic development authorities and the Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA], an industry trade association, almost every other study has found film tax credits generate less than 30 cents for every $1 of spending,” Senator Pennacchio is right to question the wisdom of the “Snooki Amendment.”

We should all be thanking Senator Pennacchio for standing up for the taxpayers.