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On Monday night, the Real Housewives of New Jersey, minus Teresa Giudice, gathered together at the Brownstone to celebrate the show’s season premiere!

Housewives Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile were all in attendance along with their families. As for Teresa, she held a separate premiere/‘Fabulicious’ book launch party for herself at the Tribecca Night Club in Fort Lee, NJ. And yes that is Simon van Kempen pictured with the ladies as he and his wife Alex also attended the party.

The Montville Patch was on hand to cover the event, both snapping the housewives and interviewing them. The general consensus amongst the housewives was that watching the premiere episode, with the now infamous brawl, was an emotional experience. Melissa stated that if you didn’t cry by the end of the episode you “had a heart of stone.”

Caroline admitted that the episode was hard to watch but added you have to “take the ride with us.” Ticket prices for the premiere party were between $75 and $200 with the Patch reporting that “proceeds from the premiere party benefited several charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, To Write Love on Her Arms and Stop Child Trafficking Now.” More photos from the event below!

Meanwhile it seems we the viewers do love us some trashtastic television! Why? Well because the Monday night premiere broke all kinds of records for the Bravo network. With over 2.87 million total viewers tuning in, the NJ Housewives delivered the highest rated season premiere in the network’s history! The episode also helped Bravo earn its best Monday night ever.

*Also wanted to note that we will no longer be doing the weekly reality stars photo posts. We will start doing more photo posts through out the week, instead of posting it all on Saturdays. Thanks!

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey at the season 3 premiere party on Monday night.

 

Caroline Manzo and family

 

Jacqueline Laurita with son Nicholas, husband Chris Laurita, and a newly blonde Ashley Holmes.

 

Melissa Gorga and husband Joey Gorga

 

Kathy Wakile with her family – daughter Victoria Wakile, son Joey Wakile, and husband Rich Wakile.

 

Close up of a blonde Ashley Holmes.

Credit for the above photos – Rebecca K. Abma of the Montville Patch.

 

 

Melissa Gorga with sisters Kim Marco Pirrella and Lysa Marco-Simpson

 

Joe and Melissa

 

Teresa Giudice at her party with her make-up artist Priscilla Distasio

 

Cake from the Brownstone party

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