“Real Housewives”: What happens when their big fat fabulous lifestyles are over?

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Every once in a while, it’s nice to see some *reality* seep into the lives of Bravo’s “Real Housewives.”

Teresa Giudice's big fat fabulous life came to a screeching halt once Bravo cameras stopped rolling./Photo credit In Touch

And for some of these ladies, by *reality* I mean near financial ruin. You know, as in bankruptcy.

In addition to dropping money in the mall, Lynne Curtin decided plastic surgery was in the cards for her AND her teenage daughter./Photo credit Bravo

While I don’t derive any pleasure seeing the lives of these women come crashing down around them, watching them struggle – you know, like everyone else is doing these days – makes them a lot more relatable. And I sure find it fascinating to see how they handle it.

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“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Bringing on the crazy

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The first ladies of the Garden State – that would be Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and, oh yes, Danielle Staub – have been all over the place in the past few weeks. Have they been in your neighborhood?

Gee, I wonder where Danielle could be?/Photo credit New York Daily News

“I know crazy when I’m looking at it” – Caroline on Danielle

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Welcome to the real world

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It’s a sad, sad day in New Jersey.

Teresa and Joe Giudice with their daughters, Gia, 9, and baby Audriana from the book "Skinny Italian."/Photo credit Hyperion Books

Sure, we all know the economy is in the toilet, and the state unemployment rate is hovering just below 10 percent. But now we have irrefutable proof that our sad state of affairs has actually penetrated *reality* television.

People reports that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Juicy Joe, will have the contents of their “granite, marble and onyx” Towaco mansion auctioned off on Aug. 22 as part of the terms of their bankruptcy filing. And judging by the catalog, nothing – and I mean nothing – is exempt from the sale.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Teresa traverses the Garden State

This may be New Jersey, but that doesn’t mean you run into a “Real Housewife” every day.

Teresa Giudice answers a few questions before she signs copies of her cookbook, "Skinny Italian," at the Princeton Barnes & Noble on May 8, 2010./Photos by Ava Gacser

Believe it or not, the Garden State is pretty big – or at least it seems that way when you’re fighting traffic from one end of it to the other. And since the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” hails from Bergen/Passaic/Morris counties (for the uninitiated, that’s up north toward NYC), it’s a treat to see them on your own turf.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when mother of four Teresa Giudice stopped by Barnes & Noble in Princeton on Saturday to sign copies of her cookbook, ‘Skinny Italian.”

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Police arrest, charge “Real Housewives of New Jersey” hubby with DWI

The cameras may be rolling for a second season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but it’s a “Real” husband who’s getting a lot of unwanted attention.

Teresa Giudice's hubby, Joe, was charged with DWI early this morning in New Jersey./Credit Bravo

Teresa Giudice’s “happy wife, happy life” hubby was arrested last night and charged with driving while intoxicated following a car accident near his Towaco home.

According to The Daily Record, Giuseppe (Joe) Giudice hit a pole with a 2006 Ford at 1:47 a.m. on Jacksonville Road. When Montville police responded, the paper reports, they discovered Joe, 39, had been drinking.

Joe was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was later released. After providing a blood sample, the Record says, the father of four was charged with DWI. He also received summonses for assorted other infractions, including failure to maintain lane, careless driving and reckless driving.

While in custody, Montville police learned that Joe had outstanding warrants out of another town, Clifton, for violating city ordinances.  As a result, he was transferred to Clifton and held on $2,625 bail before being released, TMZ reports, at 6:20 a.m.

Although neither news report includes info as to the whereabouts of Teresa, her “Real Housewives” co-stars, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, earlier last night tweeted that she was with them, first having drinks at The Standard hotel, followed by dinner at I Trulli, both in New York City. Although Caroline’s tweets do not mention Joe, Jacqueline includes two Joes in her second-to-last tweet of the night:

“At Vig27, with Chris, Joe, Teresa, Joe,Vic, Tamra, & Marcos. Gay bars are the best.”

Could Joe Giudice have been with the group – which evidently also included “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Barney – prior to his accident and subsequent arrest?

Update

Megan from Bites of the Apple shares her NYC encounter with the “Real Housewives,” just hours before Joe’s crash, right here.

Update Update

The Star-Ledger reports that Joe didn’t just crash his vehicle – a Ford pickup – he flipped it. And when he spoke with a police officer about the accident, he said he had wanted to get rid of the truck anyway, the paper says.

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