Because economic development is all the rage in Jefferson City these days, maybe Missouri lawmakers could make a pitch to lure MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" to the Ozarks.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, no fan of the booze-induced party-at-the-beach image the show portrays for his state, has cut a film tax credit of $420,000 that helped finance the program.
Missouri lawmakers, bogged down in discussing various tax credits in their stalled special session, should be able to find a few hundred thousand bucks to lure Snooki, The Situation and JWoWW to Missouri. It could be the "Snookitropolis" bill or "Snooki does Party Cove."
Let's face it, there are few rules at the well-known Lake of the Ozarks summer fun spot, and various attempts by lawmakers to limit the . . . um . . . activity there have been fruitless, so why not cash in?
Think of the tourism dollars. Think of the image makeover. Overnight the Ozarks would go from "Retire in Branson" to "Slackers Gone Wild." Maybe the "Ozarks Shore" crowd could take a day trip to appear on the Travel Channel's "Truck Stop Missouri."
Snooki rasslin' a greased pig. Who wouldn't watch that?