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Jersey Shore Mayor Looks to Ban Saggy Pants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WILDWOOD, N.J.) -- It's the Jersey Shore, no doubt, but Wildwood's mayor doesn't want the stereotypes that come along with it. And saggy pants, he said, do nothing but perpetuate the negative stereotypes that come with a summer "down the shore."

That's why the mayor of Wildwood, N.J., is leading the charge on a saggy pants ban on the beach town's boardwalk. "Their whole rear ends are sticking out," Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said. "These kids have no respect for anyone including themselves."

There was no one event that led to the proposed ban, he said, rather a long line of complaints from people who were tired of seeing people's underwear hanging out of their pants. "People kept asking what I was going to do about it," he said.

Locals are "extremely offended" by the saggy pants. "We welcome everyone here, we don't discriminate against anyone," he said. "But what about my rights not to have to see your rear end?"

The vote on the ban, which the mayor said he is "99.9 percent sure" will succeed, takes place June 12. It will take 20 days to become law.

On the 21st day, he said, police will begin "politely asking" people to hike up their pants.

"It's not a hit squad," he said. "There's no Gestapo running up and down the boardwalk looking for offenders."

If they don't comply, Troiano said, they will be asked to leave the boardwalk. If they become belligerent they will get a ticket.

The mayor's not at all worried about driving away people committed to this particular fashion from Wildwood. "I thought about it for about a second," he said. "But you know what? Go somewhere else. We don't need the aggravation. For every saggy pants we lose we'll get about 10 families."

Wildwood isn't the first town to try and put an end to saggy pants. In April, Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish banned saggy pants that hang below the waist. Earlier this month, a councilman in Beaumont, Texas asked his fellow council members to consider a ban, citing it as a top complaint in his area.

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Group Flies Nazi Symbol over Jersey Shore

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey beachgoers used to seeing planes flying over the ocean with advertisements for bars and tattoo parlors did a double take last Saturday when they saw an aircraft pulling a giant swastika banner.

However, it wasn't a neo-Nazi group responsible for the insignia that came to symbolize Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich and the Holocaust, but a religious cult known as the Raelians, who believe aliens created life on Earth.

The Raelians claim to want to restore the swastika to "a symbol of peace and good luck," according to a spokesman for The International Raelian Movement, whose website features the swastika inside the Star of the David.

Regardless of their intent, Etzion Neuer, head of the New Jersey Anti-Defamation League, said the stunt was "insensitive and troubling."  Neuer added that his group received calls from people whose beach day was ruined by the swastika flyover.

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes 'Snooki Subsidy'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Last month, as Hurricane Irene threatened to strike, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie famously told vacationers along the Jersey Shore to "get the hell off the beach."

On Monday, the governor expressed a similar sentiment about a film tax credit that would have gone to the MTV reality television series, Jersey Shore.

Christie announced Monday he is vetoing $420,000 in tax credits -- which cleverly came to be known as the "Snooki Subsidy" -- and which the state’s Economic Development Authority was set to provide to the show.

"We must ensure that our limited taxpayer dollars are spent on programs and projects that best benefit the State of New Jersey,"  Christie said in a statement. "I have no interest in policing the content of such projects; however, as Chief Executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens."

According to a release from the governor’s office, Christie cited his “long held, serious concerns about the limited value and return on the cost of the New Jersey Film Tax Credit Transfer Program” in his veto letter.

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Girl, 11, Dies After Falling From Ferris Wheel on Jersey Shore

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WILDWOOD, N.J.) -- An 11-year-old girl died Friday when she fell from a Ferris wheel at Wildwood pier on the New Jersey shore, the Cape May County prosecutor's office said.

The middle-school student fell from the Giant Wheel at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier about 12:30 p.m. while the wheel was in motion, Capt. Robert Regalbuto of the Wildwood Police Department told the Press of Atlantic City. She fell more than 100 feet and was airlifted to Cape Regional Medical Center.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor said she was unable to say how the accident occurred. "It's still under investigation," she said.

Morey's Piers said in a statement, "The exact cause of the incident has not been determined, but at this time does not appear to be mechanical in nature."

The girl's name has yet to be released.

The amusement park was busy during its annual Education Extravaganza.

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