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Deena Nicole and Boyfriend Chris Moving in Together — Is an Engagement Next? Exclusive!

Former Jersey Shore star Deena Nicole Cortese has been talking about moving in with her boyfriend, Chris Buckner, for over a year now, and it sounds like the pair is finally ready to take the big step.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Deena on Friday, February 21 at JWOWW's birthday party sponsored by Shutterball at Big Ang's Drunken Monkey bar in Staten Island. The reality star — who looked fantastic in a cool black outfit — dished on the exciting state of her relationship.

Deena gushed that things are going "great" for her these days. "I'm still with Christopher. We're taking the big step, finding an apartment, we're going to move in soon."

Like many of the Jersey Shore cast members, Deena and Chris are family oriented, so it's no surprise that they're looking to stay near their loved ones. "Probably Monmouth county area, in Jersey," Deena dished. "Like Freehold, Jackson area."

So, with moving in on the horizon, can we expect to see Chris put a ring on it any time soon?

"I mean, who knows!" Deena said when asked if an engagement is coming up. "I know we want to move in first, and then, engagement after that."

Sounds smart to us!

Are you happy to hear Deena and Chris are moving in together? Let us know in the comments below!

Additional reporting by Alissa Kombert.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!