Only in Jersey: 2/29/12

Happy Leap Day! It’s 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.

Snooki and Jionni: It's beyond puppy love. /Photo credit Splash News

Contrary to prior reports and her outright denial, The New York Post says that “Jersey Shore’s” lead meatball, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, is in fact pregnant with boyfriend Jionni LaValle’s child. The newspaper says Snooki has been shopping exclusive rights to her offspring story to various tabloids, and Us Weekly won the bidding war. There is no word on when Us Weekly will go public with Snooki’s story, or how MTV plans on handling this bit of news since Snooki and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley are currently filming their untitled spinoff in Jersey City. “MTV went into crisis mode after they found out,” the Post quotes its source as saying. “They’re trying to hide it because it would greatly affect the creative direction of the show.” Will a pregnant, sober Snooki make for interesting television? That remains to be seen…

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One of the “Real Housewives” is pregnant

It doesn’t get much more real than this.

The highly anticipated fourth installment of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” series – set in my home state of New Jersey – hasn’t even aired yet, and now there is news that one of the women is in the family way.

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Jacqueline Laurita is expecting her third child this summer, reports People. Laurita, a former cosmetologist from Las Vegas, appeared at a press event Tuesday for the series and was visibly with child. She already has a 17-year-old daughter from a previous marriage and a 6-year-old son with her present husband.

We didn’t get to see too much of Jacqueline in the preview of the show Bravo aired recently. But in that brief time, she came across as the nicest of the five women and the peacemaker of the bunch. She is the sister-in-law of two of the other women, Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo. Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice also star.

Obviously, as the upcoming first season was filmed last summer, we won’t get to see Jacqueline pregnant. But if the show is picked up for a second season (and why wouldn’t it?), expect the birth to factor into the show in some way.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” premieres at 11 p.m. May 12.

Update: A real-life Jersey girl (that would be me – metiny1 born, bred and still resides) will blog live on Facebook beginning at 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 12, during the premiere of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Come join me and share your thoughts as we meet these five women. Click here or look up my handle,  TV Blogger Ava Gacser, on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you!

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