If you recall, Gov. Christie suspended Albert without pay last week after discovering he used his Brownstone address to get the position. The governor had also threatened to file ethics charges unless he stepped down. Albert was receiving a $7,500 salary, plus pension and health benefits.
As for Albert’s wife Caroline Manzo, she is now voicing her support for her husband. “I support my husband 1000% and there are no improprieties here,” Caroline told RadarOnline.
“I agree with him,” she added about his decision to step down. “He’s proud of what he did on the board. He’s doing it because he loves his state and community and doesn’t want to bring any negativity… It all looks like it’s a cover up, when it’s not. There’s no hiding here.”
Albert also spoke to Radar. “I have always maintained my innocence,” Albert stated hours after he resigned. “I have maintained my residence here at The Brownstone for the past 15 years. We lived here together when we got married and when we moved out I never officially moved.”
Albert went on to add that he respects and supports Gov. Christie’s actions. In the meantime, the Manzos reveal they plan on donating Albert’s $7500 annual salary to two soldiers involved in The Wounded Warrior Project within their community.
Could there be trouble brewing in the Giudices marital paradise? A new report by E! News will not be helping quiet down those pesky rumors of Joe Giudice stepping out on his wife Teresa Giudice anytime soon.
According to E!, sources saw the Real Housewives of New Jersey husband in Atlantic City over the weekend at a birthday party. The sources tell E! Joe was seen dining with a long-haired brunette and other couples, except the woman with Joe was not Teresa, though she looked a lot like her.
“She looked similar to Teresa but younger,” a source tells E!, “They seemed friendly. They were sitting next to each other and talking closely.” E! adds that the woman couldn’t have been Teresa because the very same night, she tweeted that she was dining at the Stanton Social in NYC.
Teresa’s rep didn’t respond for comments to E! but Teresa took to her blog this morning to deny any split or trouble between the two. Below is what Teresa wrote -
“It’s that time of year again… the birds are singing, the weather is nice, and people start gossiping about who’s breaking up with who. At least twice a year someone says Joe and I have split. I want you all to hear directly from me: NOT TRUE. Joe and I are still together as we’ve always been. I love him as much now as the day we got married. I’m torn writing this because I don’t want to give any attention to the slimy tabloids, but I got a lot of wonderful messages from people worried about us and I didn’t want you all to worry! (You are all so sweet!!!)”
Teresa also posted an old engagement photo of she and Joe, which is posted below.
In other news, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out swinging against Albert Manzo, husband to Caroline Manzo, yesterday, labeling him a liar and suspending him from his government position.
Evidently, Albert was a Commissioner at the North Jersey District Water Supply. A position which supplied him with a pension, state benefits, some authority and a $7,500 yearly salary. The problem arose when it was discovered that Albert listed his home address as the Brownstone in other to get the nomination. As we all know, Albert lives in a mansion on the Bravo hit show.
‘Do you really believe he’s sleeping on a cot at the Brownstone in Paterson?’ asked Christie. “If any of you watch or know about ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ you know where he lives,” added Christie, who is wanting to rid the state of “these entities collect money from the citizens of New Jersey in various forms and no one is paying attention.” Christie is now looking to fire Albert, following the suspension without pay.
As for Albert, he reportedly told The Record newspaper that he has an apartment in his Paterson restaurant and plans to fight to keep his job.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE E! STORY ABOUT JOE PLUS GOV. CHRISTIE’S ACTIONS AGAINST ALBERT?
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TMZ reported over 2 weeks ago that some of the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members got into a bar brawl during a visit to the Dominican Republic, which was being filmed by Bravo for the third season.
Just how serious was this bar brawl? Well let’s just say it was serious enough for the overseas cops to detain Joe, Albie and Christopher along with their roommate Gregory Bennett.
The drama began on February 23 at about 1am when cast members including Caroline and her husband Albert, Teresa and Joe, Jacqueline and Chris Laurita, newbies Kathy and Richy Wakile, Melissa and Joe Gorga, plus the Manzo children (Chris, Albie, and Lauren) visited the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
While the police isn’t certain about who started the fight, sources reveal the bar brawl ensued after the NJ Housewives’ group popped open a bottle of champagne, accidentally spraying surrounding patrons, including the male patrons involved in the fight.
“Everyone was involved. It became a massive scene,” said a source. “Usually when there’s a fight we take one guy, but this time we took everybody,” a police representative told Radar.
The physical fight involved about eight people including Joe, Albie, Christopher and Gregory, who were reportedly defending the women. The source reveals Joe was “beating on the guy” and struck a male patron with glass. This coincides with the TMZ report which also stated someone involved grabbed a drinking glass and smashed it over a man’s head.
According to the police, it was the injured male patrons who made the complaint to them. The two injured patrons were Americans Adolfo Arriolla, who had a fracture in his arm, and Jason Gomez, who suffered a fracture in his leg and scratches on his face. There were other injured parties who suffered bruises.
The authorities took the complaint seriously as the two injured patrons along with Joe, Albie, Christopher and Gregory were detained and taken to the police station where their passports were seized.
Everyone detained was ultimately released the afternoon of Wednesday, February 23 when local attorneys helped smooth over the situation and a verbal agreement was reached between all parties. No charges were filed according to police. A photo of Teresa, Joe, Christopher and Lauren from the trip is below.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST WITH THE NJ HOUSEWIVES CAST? ARE YOU AS EXCITED ABOUT THE THIRD SEASON AS WE ARE?
According to Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development aka Andy Cohen, the Real Housewives of Miami is the end of additional cities to the successful reality series.
When asked about which city he would look to next to find more housewives by OK! magazine, Andy replied, “I really feel like we’re done.” When further pressed on if Miami is the last stop on the Housewives spinoffs? Andy answered, “Yeah.”
And when it comes to other housewives getting their own Bravo spinoff shows a la Bethenny Frankel, Andy reveals that is very unlikely. “I think they’re all good where they are,” he stated.
This comes as no surprise following the lackluster ratings and reviews of the Miami franchise. The show has averaged a dismal 1.18 million viewers over the first 3 episodes.
While ending the addition of new franchises might be best, we are a little disappointed we will never get to see a Real Housewives of Dallas. That would have been all kinds of awesomeness no?
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ANDY’S COMMENTS? ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THIS DECISION? WHAT HOUSEWIVES FRANCHISE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE?
Jacqueline tells the mag she gained 55 pounds while pregnant with her son Nicolas, but still had 30 pounds to lose after giving birth in June 2009.
And today, thanks to regular workouts and Medifast meal replacements (including shakes, soups and bars, all supplemented with one meal of protein and veggies per day), Jacqueline, who is 5-foot-3, has trimmed down to her current weight of 120 pounds. “I lost 12 pounds the first two weeks,” Jacqueline, 40, tells Life & Style. “I’m able to get back into my old jeans — I can’t believe it!”
Jacqueline also reveals she can’t wait to show off her slimmer figure on the NJ Housewives, set to return later this year. “It’s going to be the best season we’ve ever had,” she says.
In other NJ news, Teresa Giudice tweeted an old school photo of she and her brother Joe Gorga this week. “It’s me and my brother at my sweet 16..,” she wrote. That photo is below.
Also below is a photo of Teresa and hubby Joe during their recent vacation to the Dominican Republic. The same vacation in which TMZ reported that some NJ Housewives’ cast members got into a bar brawl.
Teresa also blogged today that her new cookbook “Fabulicious” will be released May 4th. The relevance of this is that it’s very likely the third season of the RHONJ will be debuting around that date.
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Days after it was reported the NJ Housewives were visiting the Dominican Republic for a vacation on Bravo’s dime, TMZ is now reporting a crazy bar fight broke out on Wednesday.
According to sources involved in the situation, a couple of castmembers were hanging out at a bar inside the Hard Rock around 1:00 AM Wednesday morning when they got into a heated argument with a male patron.
The argument reportedly got so bad, to the point that someone involved grabbed a drinking glass and smashed it over the man’s head. The guy was hurt pretty badly and needed immediate medical attention.
Unfortunately, TMZ did not report the names of the castmembers involved though sources reveal Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo were spotted at the Hard Rock that night.
Bravo refused to comment on the situation, and RadarOline reported last week that the Bravo cameras were on hand to film the vacation aka there’s a good chance this will make the third season.
TELL US – SO LET THE GUESSING GAME BEGIN. WHO WAS BEHIND THE BAR BRAWL? DO YOU THINK IT WAS TERESA, TERESA OR TERESA?
“All the housewives and husbands took off on Sunday for Punta Cana,” said a source. “It’s a fun trip with friends and family.”
Radar adds that the housewives left their kids behind for this trip, and that Bravo is on hand to film the vacation for season 3. Scary Island 2 anyone?
Meanwhile, some fans are now wondering if Dina Manzo, who quit the show midway through season 2, might be returning based on a recent tweet she made.
“Filming a secret “project” for Bravo today…this should be fun!” tweeted Dina on Monday. However, it’s likely the filming wasn’t for the NJ housewives as Dina revealed a while back that while she wasn’t returning to the Real Housewives of NJ, she was indeed planning a return to TV.
And finally, weeks after Teresa Giudice jokingly stated she actually missed Danielle Staub’s presence on the NJ Housewives, Danielle is now firing back via a new interview with Popeater, making it clear the “the feeling isn’t mutual.”
“I am so happy with my life after leaving ['Housewives']. It wasn’t funny to me. It was very painful,” says Danielle, the current host of Wealth TV’s ‘Social.’ “I’m really happy in my life,” she says. “I have so much that I’ve just begun to do.”