Now that the next season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been announced with all of the cast members returning, take a minute to catch up with what’s been going on with these ladies in the off-season.

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Posche Brawl

Why the cast of RHONJ hasn’t learned to stay away from Posche is a complete mystery, because anytime any of them get near that place or its fashion show, things get out of hand. Now Radar Online is reporting that an altercation turned violent at the fashion boutique over the weekend.

It apparently started when Joe Gorga approached a man named Jonathan Karagiorgisa who he accused of spreading rumors about his wife on the Internet. The argument got heated, and when Chris Laurita (husband of Jacqueline Laurita) got involved, the instigator Jonathan accused Chris and Jacqueline of making up their son’s autism diagnosis.

“Jacqueline kicked off her shoes and b*tch smacked Jonathan on the back of the head. Then the Manzo boys along with Lauren Manzo jumped in out of nowhere to break up the fight,” an eyewitness source told Radar. “Bowls were broken, glass everywhere. Security finally escorted a very bloody Jonathan out of the party. There was blood everywhere, on the floor and even on the walls.”

According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Jonathan will be pressing charges.

Burying the Hatchet

It’s hard to believe that feelings could ever get any better between Teresa Giudice and her brother and sister-in-law Joe and Melissa Gorga after the season 4 reunion. But sources told In Touch back in February that the Gorgas and the Giudices were spotted hugging and laughing at an event for Teresa’s Milania Hair Care line.

“It seemed like they had reconciled and put the past behind them,” an eyewitness said. “There was a lot of laughing and joking around between the families. But of course, things were not all picture perfect.”

Other sources told the magazine that they had witnessed Melissa and Teresa getting into a nasty verbal confrontation at the birthday party of Teresa’s daughter, 12-year-old Gia. So even if they have made up once and for all, it took some more (hopefully) televised fireworks to get there.

Another Plea Deal Bites the Dust

Speaking of facing charges, Joe Giudice has rejected a final plea deal offered by the state that would have sent him to prison in his final court date before his case is sent to trial, according to the New Jersey Record. Teresa’s husband is accused of using his brother’s marriage and birth certificate to obtain a driver’s license after his was suspended in a drunk driving incident in 2010.

Joe will risk taking his case to trial, which is expected to start May 28. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Gina Pusateri

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV