NJ lawmaker: Why should students pay for Snooki?

Reality television star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi participates in a Wrestlemania XXVII press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
April 8, 2011 9:50:46 AM PDT
One New Jersey lawmaker doesn't think reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is worth the $32,000 she was paid to dish her GTL - gym, tanning, laundry - lifestyle at Rutgers University.

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos says students attending public colleges shouldn't be required to fund entertainment they find objectionable through mandatory activity fees.

Snooki last week was paid $2,000 more than the $30,000 the university is paying Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address.

The Republican plans to sponsor legislation allowing students to opt in to campus activities and events requiring a fee.

The lawmaker, who does not represent "Jersey Shore" locale Seaside Heights, says he's certain there were a great deal of Rutgers students who were uninterested or "flat out outraged" by Snooki's appearance.


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