Jersey Shore vs. Chris Christie

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


snookOn Friday morning, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) may have had the run-in that finally ends his presidential aspirations: he got into a verbal sparring match with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, star of MTV’s Jersey Shore. Both Christie and Snooki had just appeared on NBC’s Today show – a devastating critique of our culture in and of itself – but then they got into a heated conversation. After the conversation, Snooki tweeted, “Getting told why we are bad for jersey. Amazing.”

Apparently, Snooki, wearing a midriff-baring shirt, told Christie, “I just wanted to meet you, and just, hope you start to like us.” Christie shook her hand and said, “Good to meet you,” then left. Snooki turned to the camera: “He just doesn’t like us.”

Christie has every reason not to like Jersey Shore. The show, which ended its six-season run last year, features a bunch of low-IQ morons drinking and having promiscuous sex. Snooki, Christie’s bête noire, supposedly wants to be a veterinary technician, but is far more well-known for her sexual license and for being punched by a gym teacher on one episode (the punch was blacked out of the show, but went viral on the internet). During season 5 of the show, she earned $150,000 per episode. She has a child out of wedlock with Jionni LaValle. In 2011, she pulled down $32,000 to speak at Rutgers University and told students, “Study hard, party harder.” She’s also been in trouble with the police.

But there’s no way for Christie to win a confrontation with Snooki. She’s wildly popular: she has 6.3 million Twitter followers, compared with 370,000 for Christie. She’s supposedly attractive, at least in a trashy way. And she’s known for being a lightweight.

Christie, by contrast, is a polarizing political figure masquerading as a pop culture one. The media has evidenced its love for Christie ever since Christie shook up the presidential race by taking President Obama for a spin around the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy the week before the election. Since then, Christie has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Extra!, The Daily Show, and Today. Inside Edition covered his press conference about his lap band surgery. He’s hosted Jon Bon Jovi for a bill signing. And Snooki – yes, the same one – tweeted that she wanted to work out with him.

But when it comes to the conflict between a Republican wannabe celeb and a bubbleheaded nincompoop on MTV, the choice is clear: the bubblehead wins. That’s because the same machine Christie has used for months to build his credibility with the American public can tear him down in an instant. That’s the magic of Hollywood: if they can make a hero of Snooki, they can make a villain of Christie.

And that’s the reason Republicans keep losing presidential races: they don’t understand that Hollywood is like Sauron’s ring – it cannot be wielded by any conservative. Hollywood may offer the allure of love, the illusion of popularity. But both love and popularity will be ripped away the moment it becomes convenient.

This may not be the critical moment for Governor Christie. The media may wait until he wins the Republican nomination in 2016. But the fact that Christie will become the subject of late-night jokes, that he will be bashed about in the media for daring not to love Snooki, and that he will always come out on the short end of the stick with Hollywood, shows that it’s only a matter of time before Christie falls to the power of the ring, and it destroys him.

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  • janetlevy

    Chris Christie, whose state has one of the largest Muslim populations in the country, held an Iftar dinner at the Governor's Mansion in 2012 and invited his "friend" Imam Mohammed Qatanani, a self-admitted member of Hamas and a defender of a charity that provided funds to children of suicide bombers. Christie referred to Qatanani as "a man of great good will" and defended him when the Department of Homeland Security attempted to deport him for not disclosing his arrest and conviction in Israel in 1993 for involvement with Hamas. (Qatanani publicly ranted against Jews and in support of Hamas on the eve of his deportation hearing).

    Christie has also publicly defended Sohail Mohammed, the lawyer who defended Qatanani. and is a board member of the American Muslim Union, an organization whose leadership is linked to Hamas. Christie successfully pushed for Mohammed to become a Superior Court judge.

    New Jersey's Republican governor has derided anyone who perceives shariah law as a threat in the U.S. despite the fact that 23 states have already used shariah as a factor in their deliberations.

    He called for an investigation into the NYPD's counterterrorism procedures because they conducted surveillance of mosques and a Muslim student group known as a front for the MB – the MSA. Christie supports the construction of the Ground Zero mosque.

    There's much more…………..

  • Cassandra

    Christie= traitor

  • Western Spirit

    Is he going to run for President as a Republican or a Democrat? He's obviously been preparing himself for one or the other.

  • Questions

    Christie has gotten a free pass from conservatives for too long because of his commonsense economics. But sooner or later, his strange love affair with Muslims will come back to haunt him — as it should. Debbie Schlussel is the rare conservative who isn't afraid to take on other conservatives who get cozy with the jihadists. And she's called out Christie in particular. See http://www.debbieschlussel.com.

  • Underzog

    In fairness to Snooki, she did like Bush (43); however, the main contention of Ben Shapiro's piece is correct and Hollywood will never warm up to the Republicans.

  • Asher

    Christie is a Republican Progressive who has helped Obama's agenda. Never trust him. Beware Republicans who support Islamic takeovers, especially the Muslim Brotherhood!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    GOP Judas, Christie Crèmes tosses his fat in the RINO ring.

  • Gggg

    This article is ridiculous, you clearly know nothing about snooki "low I-Q" yet she studies to be a vet. its clear that you only don't like her because she earns money for being funny and drunk, Don't even try and say you would do it to if you could also calling her "trashy" even though she clearly has changed is so pointless and childish and has nothing to do wih politics you clearly just have a strong hate for her!

    • Tiberius

      Obviously you did not get the message of the article. Your fixation of comments on Snooki shows you may be following.on Twitter and care nothing outrageous or silly this woman does. Let me help you with the theme if the article: Republicans especially conservatives should not delude themselves in thinking that the leftist mainstream media (news and entertainment) actually likes them or tries to be their friend. Hope this helps.

  • Jim

    Tourism is a $40 Billion business in NJ. We are happy to see the Shore opening up again. I've met Governor Christie on several occasions and he's truly a great person with a strong family who can lead the US into a better direction. It is merely an insult to mention the other 'celeb' in the same article as Governor Christie.