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Trenton NJ, Governor Phil Murphy today conditionally vetoed Senate Bill No. 122, the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, which provides corporation business tax and gross income tax credits for expenses incurred as part of the production of certain films and digital media content.
The bill is often referred to as the Reality TV Full Employment Act . The Governor wants a more diverse make up of New Jersey TV shows and to spread the wealth of TV production to more communities .
The question remains ,is not one The Real Housewives of New Jersey or Jersey shore enough for everyone , we guess not. Making New Jersey look like a garbage is big business . If we cant do anything right in New Jersey we can always make ourselves look like fools and make money off of it.
The Governor went on; “I want to thank the Legislature for passing the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act, which will help revitalize the film and media industries in New Jersey,” .“Filming movies and TV shows in New Jersey creates good-paying jobs, generates economic growth, and centers our state as a home for 21st-century growth industries.”
“This is why I’m eager to work with the Legislature to strengthen the legislation by adding incentives for diverse hiring in the film industry and extending eligibility for certain reality TV shows that invest in New Jersey’s economy and promote tourism to the Garden State.”
“A vibrant TV and film industry in New Jersey will create jobs, spur economic activity and bolster the State’s cultural identity,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. “I was happy to work with the Governor on this important legislation because we all recognize the value of the film industry to New Jersey, and I believe that his suggested changes will advance our shared goals of supporting and promoting an industry that is important to New Jersey.”
“The Governor has taken an excellent piece of legislation and made it even better,” said Michael Uslan, Chairman of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission.
“Thousands of union members employed in the film and television industry work in New Jersey and this is the incentive program they have been hoping for,” said David Smith, Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. “It allows them to work in their home state.”