By Christina Nicole
Attention all Morris County Residents. Guess who’s coming to town? It was announced earlier this week that Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki & JWoww has been slated to begin filming in Morristown, NJ in August. The leopard-loving gals are packing up their bags and moving out of Jersey City to film in Motown – which has received mixed reactions from the locals – spanning form welcoming to highly unsettling.
The news broke when the show’s production company, 495 Productions, sent the municipality a letter requesting to shoot the spinoff in Morristown over the next few months.
The town, which is still reviewing the request, has yet to confirm or deny the proposal. Morristown’s local government, including the Morristown Police Department, the Special Improvement District and its parking authority, is currently reviewing the proposal. A decision will be made in the coming days.
Council President Michelle Dupree-Harris says she's all for the idea of shooting the show in Morristown. "It would be exciting. I think all the teenagers would love it," she said. She notes as long as the shoot is done responsibly — with proper police coverage, insurance in place and so forth — the celebrities could bring a lot of positive attention to Morristown. "The restaurants would be packed; the stores would be shopped at. It would be great," she added.
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I’m not sure what’s in the water here, but it’s becoming apparent that reality TV stars are not just strongly represented in Jersey, their roots lie in Morris County. The north-western county is home to "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga, "Jerseylicious' hairstylist Olivia Blois Sharpe, and "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Amelia Lowe. Perhaps reality TV’s biggest star, Snooki, now lives in East Hanover with fiancée Jionni Lavalle. As someone who’s lived in Morris County most of my life, I’m not sure I want “home” and “realty TV” to take on the same meaning. Tell us your thoughts –Do you think Snooki and JWoww’s spin-off should come to Morristown? Share your comments below.