The state Economic Development Authority on Wednesday approved covering $420,000 of the production costs for the hit reality series' inaugural 2009 season.
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon told the Statehouse Bureau of The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Record newspaper he can't believe taxpayers are paying "for fake tanning for `Snooki' and `The Situation."'
The show centers on the cast living it up along the beach and boardwalk in Seaside Heights.
Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey says the local economy gets a boost when the cast is in the town.
Gov. Chris Christie suspended the film tax credit program in 2010 to close a budget deficit.