As headlines regarding New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice’s $11 million debt and bankruptcy filing surface newspapers, magazines, and blogs alike, America is beginning to realize that financial hardship can face anyone- regardless of social status. And, while the focus seems to lie solely on Teresa’s “breaking news,” turns out that she may not be the only housewife with financial issues. In fact, each and every New Jersey Housewife has reportedly faced monetary problems- maybe it is something in the water over there?
Danielle Staub, the reality show’s “cast out” often attacked for viscous and rude behavior, has also been targeted by a group a little different than her fellow Housewives- The IRS. In March of 2006, Danielle reportedly had a $111,161 tax lien filed against her. And, just one year later in 2007, faced yet another lien. Perhaps Danielle should concentrate more on paying the IRS, rather than her plastic surgeon.
Caroline Manzo, contrasting Danielle as the sweet, mother-like figure of the wives, has also shown signs of monetary issues. On the surface, Caroline appears to be one of the most well off of the bunch, owning Jersey’s prestigious Brownstone event facility among other valuable assets. However, Caroline’s assets, including the infamous Brownstone, have faced numerous judgments and liens against them, with the number currently standing at over thirty, since 1990.
For Housewife Dina Manzo, excessive spending on the Real Housewives series apparently was just not good enough. Thomas Manzo, Dina Manzo’s hubby, was allegedly sued by American Express for $12,599, following the couples lavish wedding featured on VH1’s My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding show.
Finally, housewife Jacqueline Laurita has demonstrated an inability to ward off financial issues, too. Jacqueline and husband Chris have been unable to pay off their loans, recently filing for liquidation under Chapter Seven in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Hey, at this rate, the court could be the wives’ all-new hangout.
So, there you have it, five for five of the New Jersey housewives, famous for their extravagant and excessive lifestyles, may actually be less well off than the average Joe- or Josephine if we are trying to stay in wife theme here. So what happens next? Perhaps the show will undergo a dramatic transformation and name change- The Real Workingwives of New Jersey? Doesn’t seem to have quite the ring to it. But who knows, anything seems to be possible with this bunch.