New Jersey deploys ‘The Situation’ with coronavirus message: ‘The time for parties is over’
The government of New Jersey is turning to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino to urge residents that when it comes to the coronavirus, to take “this situation seriously.”
The former “Jersey Shore” star says in a public service announcement posted Monday on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) Twitter account, “This message is for the people, by the people: We got a situation.”
“New Jersey is tough,” Sorrentino says, “We love to party and we love even harder. But the time for parties is over.”
“Some of us are are not taking this situation seriously,” the 37-year-old reality TV star — who was released from prison for tax evasion last year — says into the camera.
“In fact, some of us are prolonging this pandemic by not following simple guidelines,” Sorrentino says. “Stay home, be positive, and practice social distancing. The comeback is always greater than the setback.”
He adds, “We got this, New Jersey.”
WE GOT A SITUATION
The comeback is always greater than the setback. pic.twitter.com/g4Qba0QO2b
— New Jersey (@NJGov) March 30, 2020
Sorrentino is one of several celebrities tapped by state officials to appear in awareness campaigns about the coronavirus.
In New York and California, entertainers such as Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg have starred in public service announcements pushing residents to stay home in order to stop the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Murphy said Monday that New Jersey has more than 16,000 cases of COVID-19, with nearly 200 deaths reported.