Welcome to the third edition of Only in Jersey!
If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.
Paula Deen may be in the news these days for simultaneously revealing she has Type 2 diabetes and announcing her partnership with a diabetes drug company, but it’s the decadent chef’s business relationship with Smithfield Foods that has “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio shaking his head. On the Bravo talk show “Watch What Happens Live” Wednesday night, the Elizabeth-born Colicchio said he has a bigger problem with Deen’s association with a company that has questionable hog-farming practices. “I think the bigger issue is Smithfield and their practices, the mass production of pigs,” Colicchio told host Andy Cohen. “There was an expose done on Smithfield in Rolling Stone a couple years back – just go read it. I think that’s worse off than hawking the (diabetes) drug thing. That’s my opinion.” Well, thanks for the suggestion, Tom, don’t mind if I do. But alas, the Rolling Stone article(s) in question have curiously been removed from its site. However, I was able to find locate this reference to said expose (I pray you have a strong constitution because this link includes some gut-churning photos). Smithfield, for its part, tweeted me this response in regard to Tom’s statement: “The Rolling Stone article you referenced contains misinformation” and “While we certainly made some mistakes 15 yrs ago, we’ve changed dramatically since then.”
Alpine funnyman Chris Rock may be part of the .0001 percent, but don’t assume he’s out of touch with reality. Chris told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he can afford to pay more in taxes. “I can pay higher taxes and people can have jobs or I can pay lower taxes and I have my kids’ teacher asking me for a loan because she’s going to lose her house, which is true,” Chris said. “Stuff like that happens, so I’m going to lose the money no matter what.” Chris, who is reportedly worth a cool $70 million, joins billionaire Warren Buffett’s call to raise taxes on the super-rich.
In addition to formally endorsing Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Donald Trump is thinking about his own demise. The star of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” (which returns Sunday, Feb. 19) so loves his elite golf course in Bedminster that he wants to spend all of eternity there. The Star-Ledger reports Donald soon intends to submit plans to build an exclusive cemetery adjacent to Trump National Golf Club, whose wealthy members would also be eligible for interment. “It’s one thing to be buried in a typical cemetery,” Trump consultant Ed Russo told the Ledger, “but it’s another if you’re buried alongside the fifth fairway of Trump National, where golfers will hold memberships over many generations.”
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