08/18/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT
It looks like Snooki
's ex Emilio Masella
may have someone new to fight
. Yes, the Jersey Shore
star has a new man.
Whether they were strolling hand-in-hand on the boardwalk or spending time at a seaside amusement park, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
, 22, and her new beau Jeff Miranda
, 24, couldn't keep their hands off each other last weekend.
After meeting at club Karma in Seaside Heights, N.J., Miranda tells PEOPLE the two had "the greatest connection," adding that it was "love at first sight."
"We just hit off," he says. "I've always thought she was beautiful ... But she's also a sweetheart. She's affectionate like I am. We have a lot in common. We both don't care what think of us. If we're happy, that's all that matters."
Miranda, who lives in Millstone, N.J., is a veteran of the Iraq war. Now he spends his time doing graphic design, running a video production company and collaborating with a clothing line, Full Armor. He also likes working on cars.
Still, despite being head-over-heels in love, Miranda says he's disappointed by talk that he's only interested in Snooki for her reality TV notoriety … or for a role on the MTV reality show.
“If they offered me to be on the show over dating Nicole, I'd say no,” he says. “I said, ‘F–- the cameras, let's run away.' I want to stop hating. It's not about fame, it's about me being happy.”
“I just want to be with one person," Miranda adds."I hope she doesn't listen to this crap and go with what her heart tells her. I'm not an a–––. I'm really not.” – Lesley Messer