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Locals Lament 'Jersey Shore' Crew At Bar

Snooki and the gang prompt complaints for the simplest of reasons

I never fully understood the hatred of the 'Jersey Shore' cast. For the most part, they do what everyone else does in Seaside Heights during the summer: party, hit the boardwalk and look for love - or, at the very least, lust.

Four seasons in, they've yet to offend me. For one thing, Seaside Heights in the summer is portrayed, in my view, relatively accurately on the show. For another, except for one unlucky Bayville resident who was the target of cast member Ronnie Ortiz's fist after an argument, I can't say that they've negatively affected my life, or anyone else's life, one bit.

For some Shore locals, that all changed Monday night when the crew invaded a bastion of Shore localism in a town where Ocean County residents are squarely outnumbered by out-of-towners: The Aztec's weekly "Industry Night."

Aztec, a bar and club on the boardwalk, hosts the Monday bash each week during the summer with the aim of attracting local residents who work weekends and need an off-night to do their own partying. It's usually a great night to head out; the crowd is a bit more laid back than at the other local clubs, and the resident mixmaster is DJ Unique, a Red Bank native who is one of region's .

This past Monday, July 11, was no exception. Unique was doing his thing, the weather was hot, and the drinks were flowing. Of course, when the drinks flow, nature calls. That's where Snooki and the gang come in.

The local crowd didn't bother much with the cast on Monday night, nor did the cast bother much with the local crowd. Snooki curiously spent a few awkward minutes of the evening crouching down between my right leg and a potted plant next to the stage on which Unique was performing. But the rest of the cast chose an area of vital importance as the place where they – and the endless line of producers and camera operators in tow – would hang out.

"‪I don't care that they're here. I just wish they didn't block the bathroom," one clubgoer told me as we both arduously fought our way through the fracas in order to hit the men's room.

My streak of defending the seemingly indefensible 'Jersey Shore' crew came to end.

But my lavatory lamentations are about all I can really pin on the cast. They're still not responsible for the way New Jersey is portrayed in the national media (The Sopranos, embraced by Garden Staters, exploited more Jersey stereotypes than MTV could ever dream of) nor are they responsible for the offseason drug, crime or transient rental issues that plague Seaside Heights. They certainly aren't responsible for or that they have nothing to do with, and which have been happening for decades on-and-off.

Just like my fellow clubgoer Monday night, I don't particularly care whether they're here or not this summer. But I really wish they'd refrain from blocking the bathroom.

disgusted homeowner July 14, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Mare, forget Carvel, it's hard to even find one anymore!!! Alot of their stores have disappeared across the state with very few left open. You have to settle for Rita"s frozen ice dessert instead. Guess we'll all loose a few pounds.................
SouthernBelle July 14, 2011 at 11:12 PM
RIGHT JOE L. I STROLLED THE BOARDWALK TODAY. BEAUTIFUL DAY. NO WHACKO'S (THAT I COULD SEE) WERE OUT THERE. BUT COMES THE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, ANOTHER ELEMENT TAKES OVER. THEY BEAT PEOPLE UP, KILL IN SOME INSTSANCES, START SO MUCH TROUBLE. THE JERSEY SHORE PEOPLE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE. IT IS THE MINORITY, SHIRTLESS, SLIME, AND THEY ARE IN GANGS NOW, EVERY FEW YARDS. THAT'S TO KEEP THE POLICE GOING CRAZY, I'M SURE. I'M NOT SAYING THE JERSEY SHORE IS GOOD FOR THE AREA, BUT THEY ARE NOT THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS IN SEASIDE, AND EVERYONE WHO THINKS THEY ARE SHOULD RE-THINK THIS. THE CHILDREN LIKE TO SEE THEM AND HANG IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE. THEY FOLLOW THEM AROUND ON THE BOARDWALK, WATCHING THEM FILM. I WATCHED WITH MY GRANDCHILD AND TOOK WHAT PHOTO'S I COULD GET FOR HER, AND THEY WERE NOT DOING A THING TO CAUSE PROBLEMS, THEY WERE WORKING IN THE TEA SHIRT PLACE. DINA CAME OUT FOR CIGARETTE, UGH, BUT, THAT WAS IT, AND THEN JAYWOW CAME OUT, AND PAULY. (I KNOW THE NAMES FROM THE KIDS). NOT ONE OF THEM SPOKE A WORD OR LOOKED STRANGE, OR ACTED STRANGE. THE MOTEL OWNERNS AND THE SECTION 8 PEOPLE ARE A LARGE PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE OTHER IS THE MINORITY INFILTRATIOIN, THAT COME UP TO BOARDS, CAUSE TROUBLE, DO NOT SPEND A DIME, AND HAVE GOLD BLING IN GIANT FASHION AROUND THEIR NECKS. THEY ARE DEALERS. GETTING IN AND OUT OF CARS ANYWHERE ON THE STREET THAT THEY PLEASE. THE MINORITY RAN RAMPANT HERE ON JULY 4TH. 62 ARRESTS AS MOST OF YOU KNOW. TOWN NEEDS CLEANING UP
Brian Holt July 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM
No matter how you look at it, even if you think MTV is bringing bad publicity, it is still publicity. It may attract the wrong people but there are still people coming to Seaside. But if you do not like what is going on there, that is not the only "Jersey Shore." If you are looking for a place to go to the beach, you have Insland Beach State Park, LBI, etc...there is also Ocean City, Atlantic City, Wildwood. As well as places up in Monmouth County. There are plenty of places in NJ you can go to avoid the "Jersey Shore" crowd.
angel July 15, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Hey, I am from North Jersey and these low rent low class slugs are from New York. They are a disgrace to ALL of New Jersey, south, west east, north, wherever. Send the trash back across the river.
Uglykid825 July 15, 2011 at 04:11 PM
JP For someone who claims to know so much.....Why did Tom Boyd not put on extra officers for the 4th of July???? He did for the Friday, Sat. and Sunday of the Holiday weekend...... He even admited to that at the Emergency Town Meeting..... Poor Hershey called that meeting because he is afraid folks will start canceling their stay at his hotel on the Blvd. across from Capt. Hooks...... Just wait until the next time...the gang bangers swore that they would be back.....next time they will be burning and not punching.........
Uglykid825 July 15, 2011 at 04:12 PM
rt 88 on the point/ brick border....before the stop & shop...I think it is still a carvel...
JPJson July 15, 2011 at 04:42 PM
#1 in several conversations which I happen to be present for, Boyd wants all businness in Seaside to start closing earlier everyday. Businesses are resistent to close earlier. They feel their security measures will keep control of any problems that they have, and they feel Boyd needs to do what he is suppose to do to keep the streets safe and clean. #2 kids and families still come to seaside during the day. by night it is a completeley different town with a different group of people hanging out. drive thru and tell me how many families you see at the hotels in the evening. #3 And if you don't think they are there becuse of the jersey shore, go sit on a bench across from Karma starting at 10am and count how many cars/people stop to take pictures or do drive by photography. As I said, I am making money from them being there. If I charged every person who asked me to a dollar to take their picture or ttell them where Jersey Shore xyz is, I could make ALOT more money. But I still cannot wait for September for everyone to go home so we can have our beach back.
Mac July 16, 2011 at 07:00 PM
There was a time all of them were great places. I have fond memories of Seaside Heights from my childhood, much like my children have fond memories of Ocean City. As for my grandchildren, that remains to be seen.
disgusted homeowner July 16, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Uglykid825, you're right, but that store is no longer a carvel franchise. It's privately owned, called Sundae's and i think their ice cream is BETTER than carvel. I stop in whenever i'm down 88 east!!!!!
Uglykid825 July 19, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I was there also JP....when Tommy Boy admitted he got caught with his pants down.. Tom Kenny and Johny Boy all refuse to let the NJSP run the TACK TEAM in Seaside...like the old days....when a Trooper once chased a NY Hoodlum 5 blocks on the boards...on foot... for pulling a knife on the trooper. Boyd had better wake up With Ritacco singing like a rock star to the Feds.... FISH-MAN is coming for him sooner than later......
Uglykid825 July 19, 2011 at 05:14 PM
That's some great press Sleezeside got in the Ledger the other day.... Also..on 101.5 yesterday morning.... someone let off a 5 minute tirade about why to take your dollars anywhere else but sleezeside.... At this rate, Sleezeside will revert back to the cesspool it was when Tom's daddy was running the town
Uglykid825 July 19, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Only in Sleezeside can the brother of a disgraced NJ State Trooper become a police officer and go from Sgt. to Chief in less than 10 years...all thanks to his family's name... So how many of those condo projects are Boyd, Whalen and Camera in on JP??? I know of at least 3 of them....... Only in Sleezeside can the Twp. Admin, the police chief and a business owner become a REIT........
BN July 19, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Jersey Shore brought money to our county???? LOL, yeah, so did RitaccoFest.
JPJson July 20, 2011 at 02:14 AM
When I heard my Boyd conversations, they were not in public meetings. They were suppose to be private conversations, but they got very heated. The top political people in Seaside are involved in a number of condo projects in town. Some they finished. Others sit and will never be done cause like you, I believe that once Ritacco starts to sing, he is going to take alot of people down with him.
Sean Conneamhe July 20, 2011 at 02:37 AM
Time to play "Connect the Dots".
MickNJ July 23, 2011 at 09:10 PM
My solution works for me - I don't go to Seaside Heights. I don't watch reality TV.
james August 13, 2011 at 06:46 PM
i am in shock that in one sentence are the words "locals" of ssh combined with "sense of decorum and manners" . the local all season residents are comprised of low-life white trash! dorym... winning!!!!
1stcav August 13, 2011 at 11:56 PM
MJR hurt a lot of people besides his own family & friends...He was the Golden boy , even CC was impressed , until someone told him to back off after Mike gave him money towards his Vee for Gov"nr -slush fund and house party..and said: he's under investigation--back off...SH.
Dave September 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM
You guys dont relize that the Jersey Shore show has brought alot of money into seaside n nearby areas. If you dont like the show dont watch it. Im not a fan of New Yorkers giving jersey a false outlook on how real Jersey people act or that Jersey is just a bunch of guidos. And there are many girls that age that are drunk sluts in Jersey and across the country. The jersey shore is a good show that did alot of good for jersey by helping the economy by having bennies coming in n spending there money. The cast isnt hurting anybody by having there show. Let em do there thing. I think its good entertainment. N like i said if you dont like it dont watch it.
Dave September 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM
And another thing if it wasnt for the Jersey Shore show they wouldve ripped out the boardwalk n started building the hotels n the rest of the shit that they wanted to build and there wouldnt be any boardwalk. The board walk makes seaside seaside. Theres crime everwhere. You guys arent looking at the big piture.
Barry Fleckmann September 23, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Hey, Dave? You do a LOT of texting, don't you? It shows. I counted over a dozen misspelled words in your post, and I was STILL reading the opening sentence! You seem to HAVE the I.Q. of a "Jersey Shore" cast member!! If you consider "Jersey Shore" to be "good entertainment," then you must enjoy pulling the wings off butterflies, too! Get a job, get a life!! The Seaside Heights boardwalk was there before MTV, it'll be there long after MTV is gone!!!
jets fan September 23, 2011 at 04:44 PM
the arguement can be made that the jersey shore show brought in tourism. the same arguement can just as easily say it brought in a thug type invasion of gelled headed , pimply backed muscleheads but one thing that shouldnt be debated is our mayonaisse sweating gov christie "having to think about" giving almost a half million dollars to the jersey shore for production costs. doesnt that show already make millions and the cast is always holding out for higher multi million dollar contracts? when voting time comes again i dont think a lot of people "will have to think about ' which lever not to pull in the voting booth.
TimeForChange September 23, 2011 at 04:49 PM
If you are referring to the tax credit that the production company receives for the show, it was in place long before Christie. Christie is working to take it away as he found it to be ridiculous and unwarranted. I will certainly vote for him AGAIN!
jets fan September 23, 2011 at 06:27 PM
not the words i read that he said in this week's paper he said he was "thinking about pulling the money. he capaigned on cutting spending heres a good place to start . i would love to be proven wrong and have him pull almost $500, 000 . but then again he has already made $400 million dollar mistakes because he couldnt fill out a form correctly, takes $1200 an hour copter rides to see junior's game , has approved a 50% toll hike for all hudson crossings(that his appointee pa chairman sampson put in place) so i dont think cutting spending is high up on his menu. not to mention he could have at least sent nj a postcard from disneyworld when we were crippled for a week by the blizzard last year.when he takes away the tax break for snooky let us know timefor change.
TimeForChange September 23, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Sounds like you have all the problems nailed down and most likely have the solutions. Run for office.
jets fan September 23, 2011 at 07:31 PM
time if i was in the pockets of big corporations like christie is i might run for office . but i,ll leave the lies for politicians to dish out. i,ll use my right to vote instead to get rid of the bad ones like our very portly gov for one.
jets fan September 23, 2011 at 08:22 PM
me too o connor sadly his capaign will be funded by mc donalds where billions have been served unlike the people of nj under this blimp . most of nj is stocking up on rotten tomatoes to throw at him if he does. we,ll save you some tomato juice timmy. jameson no one know what you are incoherently babbling about. i thought the patch already banned you for making many racist statements.
igottabigdick September 23, 2011 at 08:26 PM
run ? that fat slob would only run to a buffett
mussel man September 23, 2011 at 08:27 PM
i agree jets man i,ve seen tim o connor and john jameson insult people with racist comments on here for months. the patch must not be able to keep an eye on them.but more importantly they always distract readers from the article with their high school antics. sad
SouthernBelle September 23, 2011 at 08:44 PM
I'M GLAD I CAME TO READ.......LAUGHED FOR AWHILE...OTHER THAN THAT, MISS ALL MY CHILDREN ALREADY..............YOU PEOPLE KEEP WRITING FUNNY STUFF, MAKE ME SMILE..............IN SEASIDE HEIGHTS..............CHRISTIE FOR PRES.......? SERIOUS? WHATEVER, DON'T MATTER ANYWAY...NOTHING WILL CHANGE.......RICH WILL STILL PILFER THE POOR, NO MATTER WHO, NO MATTER WHEN, NO MATTER HOW.............. LET'S GET THE CRAP, AND DRUGS OUTTA TOWN...CAN WE CALL THE FBI, PLEASE? PRETTY PLEASE..? GO AHEAD, SOMEONE JUST DO IT...LET'S GET THE THEIVES AND DEALERS OUTTA TOWN FOR GOOD.....................

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