Jersey Shore Town Downplays Link to MTV Show

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Who wouldn't want to be associated with the likes of Jersey Shore's Snooki and the Situation?

Apparently, the Jersey Shore.

The New Jersey beach town that is home to MTV's latest reality show is trying to downplay its association with the controversial series.

In a statement Monday, the Borough of Seaside Heights said it "did not solicit, promote or participate in the filming" of the show. The statement also insisted that the show does not reflect the majority of its residents or visitors.

Although the town did issue a permit allowing the production company to film, it claims those permits are issued routinely.

Seaside Heights isn't alone in speaking out against Jersey Shore, which follows a group of mostly Italian-American club-goers.

Italian-American civic groups and New Jersey lawmakers are claiming the show perpetuates negative stereotypes. Last week, the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus sent a letter to the president of Viacom -- MTV's parent company -- to request that the network take the "wildly offensive" show off the air immediately.