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Gangster swaps attack for a wedding discount: This is SO Jersey

A real Jersey drama unfolding is coming to an end.

The alleged Lucchese family member John Perna was sentenced to two and a half years federal prison a few days ago for attacking the then boyfriend of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo in 2015.

The reality franchise has gotten so boring that what’s happening off-screen is way more interesting than what’s happening on-screen.

Case in point: Teresa Giudice is on vacation with her new boyfriend. The newspapers cover it up and people eat it up. Her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga buys a new waterfront home in New Jersey. We have to see the inside! This is the stuff we’re really interested in because that’s REALLY the reality.

Everyone knows that reality shows are so far removed from reality. They spice them up with scripted nonsense all the time. I mean, how often can you watch someone turn a table? And how many catfights between housewives with enlarged cheeks, buttocks and breasts can we endure?

To the uninitiated, John Perna is a respected gangster with ties to the Lucchese crime family who, with a member of his crew, attacked Dina Manzo’s boyfriend and now husband, Dave Cantin.

But that’s not the fun part of the story. The fun part is that shortly afterwards, Perna hosted a wedding reception for 330 guests at Dinas Ex, Thomas Manzo’s brownstone restaurant in Paterson, at a supposedly discounted price.

So, the story goes, Manzo gave Perna a deal for his wedding venue in exchange for attacking his ex’s new boyfriend. Forget the “real New Jersey housewives”. THIS is Jersey reality at its finest.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Judi Franco from New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Judi Franco.

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