Only in Jersey: 3/3/12

Thank goodness it’s Saturday! Time for another 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.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey” husband Joe Giudice is making news once again – and this time it has nothing to do with him using his brother’s ID to get himself a driver’s license. New York’s WABC-TV reported last night that Montville’s own “Juicy Joe,” husband of Teresa Giudice, is in hot water for sticking it to tenants who live above his business, Giuseppe’s Homestyle Pizzeria, on Maple Avenue in Hillside. Five families were locked out of their apartments on Wednesday due to fire safety concerns. The power was shut off because of meter tampering, the network said, as well as the landlord’s unpaid PSE&G bill. Hillside Mayor Joseph Menza said the electric company refused to turn the power back on until Joe made good on his $53,000 debt. Joe told reporter Nina Pineda, “… there’s nothing I can do. I don’t own the building,” but it turns out he does, in fact, own it. Then he told Nina he’d tried helping his tenants by installing a generator, which the fire department subsequently shut off because it filled the apartments with deadly carbon monoxide. PSE&G eventually capitulated and turned power back on due to persistent pressure from the township’s mayor and the network. During a final inspection of the apartments, it was also discovered the fire alarms weren’t working, which was apparently because Joe never paid the alarm company. Nina Pineda says that the township plans on citing Joe for putting his tenants’ lives in danger. It sounds like Joe needs a lesson in respecting and valuing the lives of others. Perhaps a viewing of “The Super,” starring another New Jersey native son, Joe Pesci, is in order?

Jason Biggs returned to his hometown of Hasbrouck Heights to film scenes for his new movie, “American Reunion,” which is the third sequel to the hugely popular comedy “American Pie.” While the district’s schools were closed for winter break last week, The Record reports that Jason visited his alma mater for the first time since he graduated in 1996. “I did this movie about a high school reunion and realized that I never went to a high school reunion,” Jason told the newspaper. “I thought, ‘How much fun would it be to do that?’” “American Reunion” drops in theaters on Friday, April 6.

Judy Blume on the set of the movie version of her book, "Tiger Eyes," with co-star Tatanka Means./Photo credit Tiger Eyes Facebook page

Beloved author Judy Blume will soon see a movie version of her young adult novel “Tiger Eyes” come to theaters. The Elizabeth native co-wrote the screenplay by her son, Lawrence Blume, who also directed the film about a teenage girl (played by Willa Holland) who is uprooted to New Mexico with her mother and younger brother after her father is murdered in Atlantic City. While Judy no longer resides in New Jersey, many of her books take place, in whole or part, in the Garden State. In fact, this week Judy tweeted to a fan that the new novel she’s working on takes place in her hometown of Elizabeth in 1952.

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