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Full name: Melissa Gorga (née Marco)
Education: B.A. from New Jersey City University
Husband: Giuseppe “Joe” Gorga, a real estate developer
Children: One daughter, Antonia (born around 2006), and two sons, Gino (born around 2008) and Joey (born around 2010)
Twitter: @melissagorga

Melissa Gorga was new to The Real Housewives of New Jersey for Season 3, but she was already part of the family: Her husband, Joe, is Teresa’s brother. A sassy, fun-loving Italian who graduated from New Jersey City University with a degree in education and psychology, Melissa  is now a stay-at-home mom devoted to her family. Melissa and Joe, who met during spring break in Cancun, have been married for almost seven years.

But even though she’s Teresa’s sister-in-law, Melissa doesn’t feel the love. This new Housewife revealed to E! Online, “You can’t choose your family. We have children the same age, and of course I would never want to pull the cousins away from each other. But are we best friends? Absolutely not.”

An aspiring musician (totally unheard of in Real Housewives-dom), Melissa will release her first single, “On Display,” on August 13, 2011. Before Season 3 aired, Melissa spilled to E! Online, “There’s only one life, and I have a four-song EP coming out with so many amazing producers. I thought it would be a great stepping-stone for that. [...] Music was my first love. It’s been around before the Housewives even ever were known.”

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