‘Jersey Shore’ Star Snooki Inspires Law Just Signed By Chris Christie
“Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi inspired a law signed Monday by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that will limit the amount of money taxpayer funded colleges can give to speakers.
The bill was praised by Christie for bringing “attention” to rising student tuition costs as it puts a $10,000 cap on the amount of money that can be used to pay for speaking engagements at public universities in the state, according to Time magazine. (RELATED: Snooki’s Law Would Force Student Fee Transparency At Taxpayer-Funded Colleges)
“Our public institutions of higher education need to be better stewards of both State resources and non-State sources of revenue to ensure the costs of a college education do not become unmanageable,” Christie said, according to Fox News.
The bill was initially introduced in 2011 by N.J. Sen. Joe Kryllios after Snooki received $32,000 back in 2011 for speaking for two hours at Rutgers University and telling students that they needed to “study hard, but party harder.”
The students used the money from mandatory student fees to pay the reality TV star’s speaking fee.
“College students and their families should know exactly what they’re paying for, before their money is taken,” Sen. Kyrillos said about the bill. “By offering them the chance to opt-out, we are giving students the opportunity to create and pay for the college experience they want, instead of forcing them to pay for frivolous events that do not contribute to the quality education that they deserve.”