TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Under legislation inspired by former “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, no more than $10,000 of state money could go to pay speakers at New Jersey’s public universities.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. If approved, it will go to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Parents Say Fiancé Brian Laundrie's 'Silence Is Reprehensible'; Police In Utah Confirm Responding To Incident Involving Couple
Assemblyman John DiMaio said he was inspired to write the measure after Polizzi earned $32,000 to speak at Rutgers in 2011.
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The earnings were $2,000 more than Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison was paid to speak at commencement.
The legislation would cap state spending on public university speakers at $10,000.
MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore” focused on the hard-partying escapades of a group of young Italian-Americans at a shore house and ran from 2009 to 2012.MORE NEWS: NYCHA Residents Accounted For Disproportionate Number Of COVID Deaths From March 2020 To June 2021
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