From the New York Daily News, April 26, 2009:
They live in a land of made men and unmade beds.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are coming next month, with the latest installment of the hit reality show introducing a quintet of Garden State gals – including two with a mob pedigree.
The 350-pound mobster took four slugs to his torso. His naked body – the arms and legs bound in plastic – was discovered in the trunk of his parked Lincoln-Continental outside a supermarket in Hillside, N.J.
The killing was never solved.
Campisi, a made man and Tiny’s partner in the casino, suffered a similar fate, Buccino recalled.
The colorful Manzo, who ran for mayor of Paterson in 1974, also owned the Brownstone Restaurant – one of the main backdrops for action in “Housewives.”
His two wealthy sons, Albert and Tommy, still operate the venerable Paterson catering facility. Blond Dina and red-headed sibling Caroline are the first pair of sisters featured on the hit show.
Despite their lavish lifestyles, huge bankrolls and pricey McMansions, household chores remain an issue for these capo di cutie capis.
A preview show caught Dina Manzo and daughter Lexi feuding over the mess in the 12-year-old’s bedroom. Regular episodes begin airing May 12 on Bravo.
Nowhere in the preview, which introduced the five titular housewives, is there mention of Tiny, his murder or his mob ties.
Dina and her sister stress their Italian heritage and devotion to family.
Look for Staub to cause the most in-season fireworks: She’s feuding with Dina Manzo, enjoying phone sex with a guy known only as “Guccimodel” and carrying a cell phone with nude pictures of herself.
“You either love me or you love to hate me, there is no in-between,” she announces. Her bio brags about a “history of celebrity hook-ups” that will no doubt emerge in future episodes.
The Jersey girls, in their debut, pinball between vapid and vain as they live the high life. They work on their tans, spend outrageously, flash endless cleavage and visit the beauty parlor.
Carmela Soprano, eat your heart out.
Which is not to say the show wouldn’t benefit if Tiny was still around. When Albert Manzo made his mayoral run, he was a law-and-order candidate advocating public hangings.
“He was a real character,” Buccino said. “A huge guy. He was well-known.”