Snookigate update: Snooki could still come to Hoboken to film 'Jersey Shore' sequel in private locations; store owner and 495 Productions react to permit denial
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JERSEY SHORE THING? United Decorating on Washington Street in Hoboken was prepared for the Snooki invasion.
JERSEY SHORE THING? United Decorating on Washington Street in Hoboken was prepared for the Snooki invasion.

HOBOKEN AND BEYOND – Snooki and JWoww (a.k.a Nicole Polizzi and Jennifer Farley) from the hit MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" could still film the spinoff in Hoboken, despite their film permit being denied by City Hall, since filming in private locations -- such as apartments or bars -- does not fall under the restrictions of the city’s film permit, a city spokesman confirmed.

Recently, Mayor Dawn Zimmer rejected an application from MTV for a film permit. She said allowing them to film in Hoboken would be degrading to residents' quality of life.

One business owner in town, Rose Kirchgessner of United Decorating on Washington Street -- a store that has sold Jersey Shore-themed t-shirts -- said this week that she hopes Snooki and JWoww still make their way to Hoboken to film the show.

“I was excited and hoped they were going to come here,” Kirchgessner said last week. “I’m hoping they still come, because they can still appeal the permit [denial]…there’s still a shot at it.”

Apparently, the production company wanted to be able to film 24/7, but the city restricts filming in residential areas after 11 p.m. The mayor has also said there were public safety concerns with the show being filmed in Hoboken.

Kirchgessner has even bought merchandise to sell at her store, including Snooki and JWoww shirts.

But others have denounced the idea of the show coming to Hoboken. Residents took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their opinions, with many thanking Mayor Dawn Zimmer for denying the permit.

The decision caused a bit of a media firestorm across the country. Zimmer was asked on CNN’s Showbiz Tonight on Wednesday if she would do jello shots with Snooki. The mayor’s answer, with a laugh, was a no.

Snooki was on the Scott and Todd in the Morning show on local radio station 95.5 WPLJ. She said that there were no hard feelings, and she and her female counterpart, JWoww, only want to go to a town where they’re wanted.

When reached by phone by on Thursday, a spokesperson for 495 Productions would not comment when asked if there are plans to still film the show in private locations.

Instead, the spokesperson emailed a statement from 495 Productions, which read: “We appreciate the consideration by Hoboken’s Mayor, Chief of Police, and Film Commission of our application for a permit to shoot Snooki and JWOWW’s spinoff in Hoboken. We hope to find a way to work together in the future.”

Is a "Jersey Shore" spinoff in Hoboken a good idea, bad idea, or, do you not care? Comment below. -- Ray Smith

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February 02, 2012
Hoboken is a "somber town?" Now that's funny!! You ever actually been here? Snooki wants to come to Hoboken for all the reasons Hoboken doesn't need Snooki - the only place with as much still going on at 2 am as Hoboken is manhattan.

If you want to juice up a "somber town" go party in Bayonne.
February 02, 2012
I think Jersey Shore in Hoboken would be a great idea. It might be the injection of life that the somber town needs to revitalize things. Perhaps wiser heads will prevail and Snooki and the team will bring their production to Sinatra's landmark municipality.