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    Snooki Tells New Jersey Community to "Grow Up" After Residents Protest Filming of Her MTV Spinoff

    Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SELF Magazine

    If you ask Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, people should have more important things to do—like rebuilding their homes wrecked after Hurricane Sandy—instead of bashing her and her new show.

    The reality star took to Twitter and Instagram to respond to reports that residents of New Jersey's Pelican Island are calling for the town to bar her from filming MTV's Jersey Shore spinoff, Snooki & JWoww, saying it's a big distraction to those trying to move on from the epic storm that devastated the coast last October.

    "Unable [sic] how adults are trying to ban my son, fiancé and I from enjoying our summer at the shore," Snooki tweeted, linking to her Instagram page which featured a photo of a New Jersey Star-Ledger report indicating more than 40 locals had met up Sunday to discuss how to keep her off the island.

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    "Grow up, get over yourself and move on," the meatball mama added. "This is not how we should be treating one another. Absolutely sick and very sad. I pray for you. There's much bigger things to worry about in life than trying to ban my family from your neighborhood."

    Per the paper, Pelican Island residents displaced by Sandy are concerned that Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley's presence could result in increased traffic and unwanted tourists, causing a circus-like atmosphere that could pose a threat to the safety of the houses they're rebuilding.

    After Sunday's meeting, more than a dozen homeowners attended a Berkeley Township council on Monday night and slammed local government officials for allowing filming on the series.

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    Nicole Snooki Polizzi Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

    "This is a quiet, friendly island that's being put on the map for the wrong reasons," the Star-Ledger quoted resident Sue Kosakowski as saying. "It's a disgrace."

    As a result, some neighbors have now hired attorney R.S. Gasiorowski to try and halt the production from shooting in a house there.

    Gasirowski and a rep for MTV were unavailable to comment on the controversy.

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    A slew of Snooki's 6 million Twitter followers however defended the Snookster.

    "@snooki good for you, I'm doing same. People should grow up & appreciate your support. Small business down the shore needs help this year," tweeted fan Caroline Manzo in reply.

    Added netizen Stacey Lovelace: "@snooki That's insane!! As much money you & your Jersey Shore roommates have raised to rebuild the shore, u should be welcomed w/open arms!"

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