UPDATED: Snooki and JWoww Coming to Morristown
Filming for 'Jersey Shore' spinoff series expected to begin Aug. 9.
The Jersey Shore is coming to Morristown.
No, the Atlantic Ocean is still due East. 495 Productions, the production company for the MTV-aired Jersey Shore spinoff series "Snooki & JWoww"—featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley—has advised the town they will be filming for the show's second season in Morristown starting next month.
Filming is expected to begin Aug. 9 and run through Oct. 14, according to Jordan Nefouse, of 495 Productions.
"These dates are subject to change by a few days and we'll of course keep you up to date," he wrote.
They will not be living in Morristown, the letter states. With a baby due in September, Polizzi, a New York native, recently moved into the East Hanover home of Jionni LaValle, her fiance and father of the baby, who will be named Lorenzo.
A crew of up to 10 and two to three cameras will follow the two reality TV mainstays, who "will walk down public sidewalks to privately owned locations such as bars, clubs and restaurants which have been pre-cleared for them to enjoy their evenings," Nefouse wrote.
Mayor Tim Dougherty admitted to having never seen "Snooki & JWoww," or "Jersey Shore," noting he first thought the name "JWoww" referred to a man.
While he said the town is not closed-minded to any production company wanting to use Morristown for their shoots, the safety and quality of life of the residents comes first.
"The Town Council is aware of it. I have had a conversation with my Business Administrator (Michael Rogers) about it," the mayor said. "I would like to talk to the police chief (Peter Demnitz) about it and what the town would have to do logistically.
"We have had other production companies come and film in Morristown without incident," Dougherty said, noting a commercial was shot in town earlier this summer.
"We're a very happening town. The downtown is very vibrant," he said. "I just have to sit down with the chief, BA, council president (Michelle Dupree-Harris) and look at logistics, how it affects downtown, our citizens. Is it going to have a negative or positive effect? We just want to make sure it's not disruptive to our citizens."
The mayor noted Wednesday there currently is no permit process for production companies that want to film in Morristown. He said in light of "Snooki & JWoww" and the pending filming, officials are discussing the potential for some sort of permit process being put in place.
Read here for some comments from business owners about the expected filming.