Snooki was dragged into the Pennsylvania Senate race to troll Dr. Oz
It all started when Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, enlisted Snooki — real name: Nicole Polizzi — to film a personalized Cameo message
for his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz – better known as Dr. Oz, the former Oprah-endorsed medical talk show host.
On Cameo, users pay celebrities to send personalized video messages and provide as many (or as few) details to the celebrities so they can personalize their video. It appears that Fetterman told Polizzi that “Mehmet,” whom she addresses in the video, recently moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania in search of a new profession.
“I heard you moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania looking for a new job,” Polizzi said in the clip, which Fetterman tweeted Thursday. “I want to wish you luck. I know you’re away from home and in a new place, but Jersey won’t forget you.”
She concluded with a dig that probably wasn’t intentional: “And don’t worry! Because you’ll be back in Jersey soon. It’s only temporary.”
Fetterman shared the video on Twitter, tagging Oz, and wrote, “JERSEY love you + won’t forget you!!!”
It’s unclear if Polizzi was in on the joke, and so far she hasn’t commented on the video. Friday morning, however, she’s still available to book on Cameo starting at $300.
The Pennsylvania official does not hesitate to troll his opponent: he sells a “Dr. Oz for NJ”
sticker and paid for one airplane banner
sarcastically welcoming Oz “to NJ”, a dig in Oz for running for office in Pennsylvania after spending years living in the Garden State. (According to CNN’s Daniel Dale, although Oz attended the University of Pennsylvania and had two of his children born there, he lived for years in a New Jersey mansion. He registered to vote in Pennsylvania at his in-laws’ address, where his campaign said he lives while a new property is being built for him.)
MSNBC Contributor Sam Stein reported
that the Snooki clip cost the campaign over $390.
at Fetterman’s Snooki shout with a screenshot from a video of Chris Miyares, who in 2013 was jogging near Fetterman’s house when Fetterman chased him while armed with a shotgun. Fetterman, then mayor of Braddock, said he suspected Miyares of shooting a gun, but Miyares said he was unarmed. Last year, Miyares told the Philadelphia Inquirer he didn’t think the episode should impact Fetterman’s Senate bid.
Polizzi, meanwhile, currently stars on MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” with original cast members Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Jenni “JWoww” Farley, among others.