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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.

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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