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As the second season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey dwindles to an end, thought you all might be interested in some amazing ‘before’ shots of the NJ ladies before they became famous, or infamous rather for one or two of them.

To the left is an old school glamour shot of Jacqueline Laurita, and the picture on the right of the then young lovebirds, Caroline Manzo and husband Al Manzo.

More amazing shots below of a younger, bigger haired Teresa Giudice, plus some old shots of Danielle Staub, all courtesy of Bravo.com.

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If there’s one thing we have all grown accustomed to when it comes to Bravo housewives, it is their penchant fondness for the good life and excessive, borderline obnoxious, bragging of their “lavish lifestyles.”

Not exempt are the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and thanks to the good folks at Jezebel.com, the financial history of each of the ladies has now been uncovered.

For example, did you know three civil suits were filed against Danielle Staub and her ex-husband Thomas Staub, including federal and state tax liens? Yeah, neither did we. This might explain why a 47-year-old mother of two would make a sex tape and sell it to the highest bidder. All allegedly of course.

Below is more information about each housewife’s financial history -

Caroline Manzo – Caroline’s husband Albert Manzo has been involved in over 30 judgments and liens (one brought on by a family member) since the early ’90s up until two years ago . Throughout the ’90s and into 2000, there were several judgments against Caroline for nonpayment of hospital and doctors’ bills, as well another judgment involving “Church Chronicle Publishing.”

  • A state tax lien for $10,546.17 was filed against Albert Manzo in 2000.
  • A judgment in favor of the Federal Mortgage Association for $148,000 also against Al.
  • A few judgments in favor of the First Bank of USA and North Jersey Federal Credit for a combined total of over $10,000.


Dina Manzo – Jezebel reports out of all the housewives, Dina is the only one who has a clean slate when it comes to her financial history. Her husband, Tommy Manzo, is however a different story. Dina married Tommy (the brother of Caroline’s husband) in 2006 in a lavish wedding that reportedly cost $1.5 million. The wedding was featured on VH1′s My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding. You can watch that here.

  • Tommy was sued by American Express for $12,599 in 2007
  • He was also sued by the Bank of America for an undisclosed amount.


Jacqueline Laurita - Similar to Dina, Jacqueline also seems to have a clean financial slate. However as we reported this week, the company of Jacqueline’s husband, Chris Laurita, filed for bankrupty last year. The company, Signature Apparel Group LLC, was behind the Rocawear and Eve’s Fetish clothing brands. The financial issues found on the Lauritas were for the years 1988 and 1990.

  • United Jersey bank successfully won a judgment against Chris for over $18,000 in 1988.
  • American Express also successfully won a judgment against Chris for almost $3000 in 1990.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE LADIES’ FINANCIAL HISTORIES!

With the departure of Dina Manzo, life goes on for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

We start off this episode with an awkward dinner or lunch or something between Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline. The ladies discuss Dina’s exit from the show and of course Danielle’s name is brought up in the conversation. The only part that stands out in this scene is when Caroline says, “I feel so bad for Dina. She’s going through so much.” Come again Caroline? Dina’s going through so much? Like what exactly? As we the viewers haven’t been privy to any of Dina’s problems, infact we have been led to believe Dina’s life was all unicorns, lollipops and rainbows with the exception of the Danielle drama.

I thought Caroline’s comment was interesting to say the least. Reason #192 by the NJ cast sucks? Well thanks to the ladies focusing on the Danielle drama so much, we don’t get to hear about or see their own personal issues and drama. The ladies decide they need to watch out for Danielle because “she’s capable of anything,” and the dinner/lunch/brunch or something scene ends.

Next up is Danielle‘s visit with a plastic surgeon. Was I the only one who noticed some lights were out on the sign for the plastic surgery office? Not sure that I would be putting my life on the line in what looks like a motel reject but Danielle is more than ready to fix her wonky tits, so she will take the chance! And thanks to the now infamous sex tape she made before this revision surgery, we can all affirm her boobs were indeed deformed.

Danielle then once again breaks out her her boo hoo story about feeling so undesirable due to her wonky tits, and I can imagine a good percentage of viewers are rolling their eyes at this point.

We then get to see Lauren Manzo doing makeup at her makeup school, and overbearing mama Caroline of course pays her daughter a visit. Don’t get me wrong, Caroline seems like a great mother, but she just appears to be way too involved in the lives of her children. It appears she has nothing else going on in her life other than her children and family. At this stage in her kids’ lives, it might be time for Caroline to began pulling back, and perhaps work on finding a hobby that doesn’t involve her children. Someone commented a while back, saying they already feel bad for Caroline’s future daughter-in-laws, and can’t say I disagree.

Ashley decides to pay her parents a visit and apologizes for her bratty behavior at the poker game. Ashley informs her parents she wants to come back home, which I think is great, because she had no business living on her own to begin with. She simply lacks the maturity needed to make it on her own at this point in her life.

Next up is Teresa and she informs us she is having a housewarming party for her new home. We finally get to meet nutty party planner Elvira Grau, who immediately scolds Teresa for not having help or a pool for that matter. Something about Teresa was off this episode. She just seemed a bit more laid back and more quiet. I’m guessing this was filmed at the peak of her financial problems. When you think about it, Danielle made her sex tape in September 2009, before her visit with the plastic surgeon in this episode. Teresa filed for bankruptcy in October 2009, meaning this episode was definitely filmed right before or right after the bankruptcy filing.

Back to the show, Teresa and Elvira have an interesting exchange.

Elvira- Why don’t you have a pool?

Teresa - (Awkward pause) Because I have a beach house. (Quick thinking there Teresa!)

Elvira - I have a beach house, I have a pool.

Elvira once again scolds Teresa for not having help, and at this point it’s pretty obvious Kim D. and Kim G. are not the only ones auditioning for Bravo. It however seems Elvira has her sights set on something bigger than just the Housewives’ franchise. The annoying, rude and overbearing party planner is aiming for her own Bravo spin off!

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Good news for Millionaire Matchmaker and Real Housewives of New Jersey fans, as the NYPost is reporting Caroline Manzo’s sons will appear on the upcoming new season of the hit dating show.

According to the NYPost, Chris and Law-School Hotty Albie Manzo have enlisted the help of Patti Stanger to help them find their matches. And what are the boys looking for in a mate? A source tells the Post they are interested in “brunette, Italian-Catholic girls.”

Chris (pictured left) currently works at the family-owned Brownstone in Paterson, NJ, while Albie, 23, attends law school. While the kids are not millionaires, not yet at least, the Post reports Caroline and Patti are old friends from Jersey. Should be a fun episode to watch.

The 4th season of Millionaire Matchmaker is currently being filmed in NYC.

Dina Manzo

Despite last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey bringing us stripper poles and a mother-daughter fight, the topic everyone is talking about this morning is Dina Manzo’s exit from the Bravo show.

Dina, 38, tells UsWeekly Danielle Staub is the sole reason she left the show. “I would say 99.9 percent is because of Danielle [Staub], but the other .1 percent was drama created by her,” said Dina. The final straw came when Danielle, 47, showed up to the Manzo’s Brownstone for a charity event along with some ex-cons. Danielle ended up causing a ruckus while her escort Danny hurled a gay slur at Chris Manzo, Dina’s nephew.

“That whole night at The Brownstone just put me over the edge,” shares Dina. “Danielle became all we ever talked about! I wanted to film some fun stuff. I thought I signed on for a nice family show and it really turned in a different direction.”

Dina also made a special appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens last night with Andy Cohen, during which she made some very funny interesting jokes at the expense of Danielle. Andy asked her about Danielle’s claim that Dina was doing nails when she first met her. Dina did acknowledge she once did nails, but she was 17 at the time, asking “What should I have been a stripper” instead? Good one Dina.

Another great question that came up was why Dina’s daughter, Lexi, was not on the show this season. Oddly enough, Lexi appeared on WWH last night. If you recall, Danielle claimed earlier this year that Dina forged her ex-husbands signature the first season to get Lexi on the show, and that Lexi wasn’t on the show this season because Dina didn’t have her ex’s permission. Dina however said last night the reason her daughter wasn’t on the show was because she didn’t like the prostitution whore direction the show was going in.


Five Questions/Observations about last night’s show (Brief Recap) -

1) While it’s understandable Dina and the NJ ladies want Danielle out of their lives, will someone please inform them they would have no show without Danielle. Yes Danielle is all kinds of nuts, she is however the one making the show somewhat interesting.

2) Did I miss a press release? Is Kim G. the new housewife? She is obviously auditioning for a spot on the show.

3) Doesn’t it seem like Danielle has her own show on the NJ Housewives show? You know the one with all her ex-con friends and “rich” girlfriends. Perhaps Bravo will give her a spin-off, she seems to have really created her own little mini-show on the show.

4) Does Danielle really expect us to believe she was not aware she was being taped on Steve‘s cell phone? Were we also to buy her whole I’m too scared to get back into the dating world routine? This coming from a woman who’s porn video sex tape was just released. And how gross was the stripper pole scene with Danielle’s ex-con friends ogling at her?

5) Now that Dina is gone, will Bravo please give us a new NJ housewife?

Bonus – Did anyone else have nightmares about Grandma Wrinkles (Dina’s cat) last night?

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danielle staub

Last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was without a doubt the best this season, all thanks to Danielle Staub.

Danielle, who exhibited the paranoia and delusions of Kelly Bensimon mixed in with the narcissism of Jill Zarin, brought us great TV when she decided to use the fundraising event of a cancer struck baby to further her own agenda against the Manzo family.

Danielle made sure to to show up to the event with a crew/posse, ex cons included, and even permitted them to raise hell, but ofcourse leaving Chris Manzo out of it, because he is underage afterall. It was obvious from the start that Danielle was looking to stir up trouble, and nothing the Brownstone could have done would have prevented that. Dani also made sure to include her friend Kim G. in her madness, and Kim G. for whatever reason decided to go along with it all.

Well the father of the baby, who the fundraiser was held for, is now speaking out. In a new interview with Zap2it, Chris Stilianessis shares his thoughts on the events that occurred that faithful night.

“For starters, I would tell Danielle thank you for bringing my daughter’s illness to the table and to the ‘Housewives of New Jersey,’” said Stilianessis. “However, I would also tell her that I’m very surprised that you would utilize my daughter’s sickness for your own selfish reasons, to get back at the rest of the housewives.”

Stilianessis also reveals he was not aware of Danielle’s beef with the Manzos. “I had no knowledge of Danielle’s relationship [to the Manzos] prior to the fact,” he says. “Because if I did, I would have asked her politely not to come.” He continues, “She showed up to the event with I want to say in the realm of 25 people,” he says. “She had some guys who were Hells Angels. She came with people who, I come to know now, were people who were in jail. I was under the assumption they were her friends.”

It seems a friend of Danielle’s bought her one table at the benefit for $350.00, which held only 10 people. However Danielle decided to show up with over 20 people “for protection.”

“When you’re going to a charity event for a child, what do you need that for?” asks Stilianessis who also shares that Danielle only raised $300.00, which came from the owners of a local supermarket. And since her table was paid for by someone else, Danielle has yet to donate any money herself.

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Stilianessis, pictured with his daughter above, still hopes that Danielle will see that what she did was wrong and apologize. “If she really has changed as she says she has,” he says. “There will be a public statement. That day in the restaurant, she had tears in her eyes. If those were true tears, her heart would open with an apology.”

The good news is that Emanuela’s cancer is currently in remission. Anyone who would like to get more information on her fight against heptablastoma can visit the Emanuela’s Heart for Hope website.

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Real Housewives of New Jersey 2

Tonight brings us episode 5 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Last week, Danielle Staub introduced us to her two ex-con friends who will protect her from the big bad Manzos. Below is Jacqueline’s hilarous take on that whole situation, taken from her bravo blog -

“Introducing tweetle dumb and tweetle dumber! Are these guys actually coming on national TV and playing that Wangster card? Seriously? No one is listening Danielle, and nobody cares! If Danny really was the wiseguy he and Danielle are trying so hard to portray him to be, I am SURE his superiors are not too happy with him right now. I don’t think a real wiseguy would go on national TV and announce that to the world. It wouldn’t be very smart. Although, it might be good for his acting career. Hmmm. Danielle did nothing but make herself look like a paranoid lunatic who brings ex felons around her and into the lives of her children. Danielle claims 25 years ago she fell into the wrong crowd. Does she feel that today she is surrounding herself with a better crowd? Check again, devout Catholic. Birds of a feather, huh? Are felons even allowed to associate with other felons while on probation? I thought that was not allowed. Is it appropriate for Danielle to choose to bring those felons, for the reasons she chose to bring them, to a sensitive benefit for a family who is fighting for their daughter’s life? I don’t think so. Let’s just see what kind of drama Danielle decides bring to this benefit to make it all about her. Watch what happens.”

Who knew Jacqueline had a great sense of humor. Moving on to tonight’s episode. After bringing home baby number 4 from the hospital, Teresa decides it’s finally time for Joe to get “snipped.” Meanwhile, Caroline invites the ladies over for a “girls night in” with cocktails and snacks where the conversation turns to Danielle’s invitation to Dina’s charity at the Brownstone –will tensions rise over the her potential appearance?

And the road of good intentions gets bumpy for Danielle when she and her protective entourage prepare to attend the Brownstone. How will it all come to a head? And will things turn violent? Find out tonight @ 10/9c on BRAVO.

Below is a video preview –



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Teresa's book promises to teach us all how to enjoy Italian food, while remembering these rules:

On tonight’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, the big day has finally arrived for Teresa Giudice and husband Joe as they welcome their fourth bambino into the world.

Meanwhile, Chris Manzo scores big when he gets an inside look into his dream business, and wife Jacqueline gets an inside look into her husband’s secret safe. And as the Brownstone prepares for a big night, Danielle gets an invitation she can’t refuse, but makes sure to get “back-up” from an old friend before she RSVPs. Will she cause a dangerous stir at the party? Find out tonight at 10/9c.

And in other news, Teresa’s new cooking book – Skinny Italian, actually made the New York’s best seller list.The book teaches us all how to enjoy Italian food and look great while eating it. Congrats to Teresa!

Check out the preview clip below. Teresa’s in feels pressure “down there” and is ready to go to the hospital -



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