Real NJ Housewife Defends MTV’s Jersey Shore

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New Jerseyites unite!

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is standing up for the cast of that other reality show set in her home state, MTV's Jersey Shore.

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"They are young kids doing their thing," Manzo told UsMagazine.com of Snooki, "The Situation" and the gang during Wednesday's Bravo Upfronts at New York's Skylight Studios.

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Manzo, a married 50 year-old mom of three, isn't offended by the drunken hot-tub antics on the show, which takes place in Seaside Heights, about 2 hours south of her Franklin Lakes home. "Let them be kids and one day they'll just look at it and realize."

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The Bravo star isn't worried that they give New Jersey a bad name, either. "They are not from Jersey so I don't care," she quipped. (Indeed, the MTV cast hails from Brooklyn, Staten Island and upstate New York.)

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Still, "there are clusters of kids like that," Manzo told Us. "They are not hurting anybody. It's their image — nobody else's!"

The second season of Real Housewives of New Jersey is set to debut this June.

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