MTV stars Snooki and JWoww are filming in a Manchester home, Manchester Business Administrator Elena Zsoldos said Monday.
"The fact is that they are here. They're renting a home here in Manchester," Zsoldos said.
On Friday, Mayor Michael Fressola told Manchester Patch that he received word from the owner of the filming site, a large, modern two-story home on Johnson Avenue near the POW-MIA Park, that the two "Jersey Shore" cast members were moving in to film their "Snooki & JWoww" spinoff.
Around that time, multiple residents who live on or near the street wrote in to Manchester Patch to say that they saw trucks and other vehicles with New York license plates at the home as crews prepared for filming.
The 495 Productions show, which recently was renewed for a second season, was told filming could not take place in Toms River, where an ordinance prohibits filming in residential areas. Filming also was denied in Morristown and Point Pleasant, but nothing in Manchester's code excludes the MTV show, or any production, from shooting at a home.
"The township looked to see if there were any ordinances on the books that would prevent them," Zsoldos said. "There were not. In light of that, we really had no choice but to allow it."
"I felt that as a matter of law we can't prevent anybody from filming indoors," said township attorney Steven Secare.
Fressola said on Friday that he was told by the property owner that shooting would take place "to a very great extent in the interior" of the home and will be completed in October.
The Manchester Police Department is aware of the township's new neighbors and Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski said following the council meeting that he expects the impact to the area to be "minimal."
"I don't see any real impact," he said. "We have been monitoring it since they've been there."
The chief said that he has spoken with show security and is working to secure a meeting with the production team to further discuss any potential issues. Producers also were told by Klimakowski that township police are available to be hired while off-duty to provide security, if needed.
Traffic through the neighborhood may increase as curious residents try to catch a glimpse of the production, Klimakowski said. The department does not plan to increase patrols through the area, though police will continue to keep watch through the regular random patrols of township streets that are already conducted.
"We don't want to drive a police car down there 500 times per day," Klimakowski said, adding that a heightened law enforcement presence near the home could become distracting to residents.
Though Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley's new show is expected to be more calm than the cast's "Jersey Shore" antics in Seaside Heights — Snooki is an expectant mother now, after all — residents nonetheless are asked to contact the police or the township officials with concerns.
"If they find any problems with it, please contact us, and we will act accordingly," Zsoldos said. "But hopefully with these people being in town, they'll be good neighbors to us and we'll be good neighbors to them."
Klimakowski likewise pledged his department's responsiveness.
"If there are any types of issues, we'll address them," he said.