By Claudine Liss
It’s great living in the grand State of New Jersey home of; the highest autism rates globally, the most mandated vaccines in the world and the famous television shows Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ), Jerseylicious, and of course The Soprano’s. I FAITHFULLY WATCHED JERSEY SHORE (JS) AND THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY (RHONJ) this past summer. My reasons are good, I swear. Stick with me as I connect these fine New Jersey shows to vaccines.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
Jersey Shore is taped in Seaside Heights, NJ (90 miles south of NYC), a colorful beach boardwalk town where the crowd was inked up well before it became mainstream! The Real House Wives of NJ is shot in Northern New Jersey, close to New York City. This is the same area where most of the Soprano’s was shot. I spend a good chuck of the summer near Seaside Heights and the rest of the year in Northern, NJ.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSY
My teenage daughter and I spent Monday nights this summer with the New Jersey Housewives, Caroline, Danielle, Teresa and Jacqueline. All hardcore Jersey guidettes....the make up, the clothes, the hair, the fancy houses and cars, the loudness, the fighting and the drama all done Jersey style (kind of like Carmela Soprano an her friends). It brought me back to my tough high school days here in Jersey. I dislike what this show stands for (mostly cat fights between adult females), however, I can’t help but to discuss the latest show drama with friends and family. While we watch this show, my daughter is being lectured by me the entire time that this is how not to conduct herself.
One of the housewives, Caroline Manzo, has grown children. Her oldest, Albie, was a first year law student who had some academic problems and failed out. A sub-plot on the show was Albie’s law school dilemma. Albie contacted a lawyer because he felt he should have been granted more time when he took his law school tests due to a mysterious disability. I am a lawyer (seventeen years at that) and I don’t remember anyone getting extra time to take a test in law school. I am not saying that it didn’t happen; I just don’t recall anyone being granted time extensions. Albie did not say why he needed special accommodations. My gut told me that Albie has ADD. The next day I surfed the net to ascertain if Albie has a medical diagnosis. I could find nothing conclusive but I had a suspicion.
On the RHONJ wrap up show, the ladies are scrapping as usual when Andy Cohen asks Caroline Manzo how her son Albie is doing with the law school situation. Andy goes on to say something to the effect of, “Albie has dyslexia, right?” My ears perked up. Caroline replied that Albie has ADD and learning disabilities that they have been dealing with for years, and that things did not look good for Albie meaning he’s not getting into another law school. My heart sank. I witnessed and felt Caroline Manzo’s pain. The pain was raw and visible on her face and I felt her disappointment. Caroline Manzo seems to be a smart woman. I have no doubt that she went above and beyond to get Albie the help he needed with his ADD and learning disability. Maybe Albie is another victim of the aggressive US vaccine protocol? He was born before the protocol got really aggressive; however, there were still lots of injuries pre-1990, hence the creation of the fine Vaccine Court. I wondered if Caroline Manzo ever thought Albie’s ADD and learning disability might be connected to the vaccines he received as a child.
Per Wikipedia, Albie was born in 1986. I found it ironic that in 1986 the CDC started to recommend that the MMR, DTP and OPV vaccines be given simultaneously to all children 15 months or older. The reasoning was to reduce the number of trips to the doctor, saving money and increasing the percentage of children immunized. I wonder if Albie received all 3 shots or more at his 15 month check up. Regardless, one shot can cause injury. Like most Americans, I bet Caroline Manzo has never read a stitch about vaccine dangers/side effects. I dropped off some information to her at the infamous Brownstone Catering facility where I also got a glimpse of former housewife, Deena Manzo in the parking lot. I attached my favorite pieces, including the phone survey results posted at Generation Rescue, a shot schedule, and some articles written by medical doctors, scientists and researchers, all dealing with ADD and vaccines. For the sake of her future grandchildren, she might want to take a peek at the information. And Danielle, if you are out there…..Visit NVIC.org before you shoot your daughters up with Gardasil.
I also got conned into allowing my daughter to watch Jersey Shore. I am not proud to admit that J-WOW, Snookie, Angelina, Sammy Sweetheart, Vinnie, Ronnie, Pauly D and The Situation are household names in my home. The show is funny and just crazy. What drunken people have been doing in some clubs for years is now in my living room weekly. Mid-July a winded teenager, barely able to speak, shows up at my beach house, “Jersey Shore, (panting) the cast is back! They are back in Seaside!!!!!” Teenage girl screams follow. “Mom, can we go to the boardwalk tonight, PLEASE?!?” Needless to say off we went to Seaside to catch a glimpse of Snookie and the rest of the characters. Seaside Heights did not disappoint. We saw Snookie and J-WOW at the famous Skyscraper ride. We spotted Ronnie and Sammy running through an arcade followed by cameras, police officers, body guards, teenagers and their middle aged mothers and fathers lagging behind. The Situation, Pauly D and Vinnie strolled down the boardwalk a little later followed by a different entourage. You would have thought the Beatles were in Seaside Heights, NJ, not a group of admitted guidos.
Low and behold another famous NJ character was strolling the Seaside Heights boardwalk. At first I did not recognize Governor Chris Christie, our admitted all for “vaccine choice” governor. It was one of those surreal slow motion moments, I am looking at this familiar face, but I can’t place the guy…..then boom, I say to my sister, “Look, it’s the Governor!” Right on cue, Governor Christie hears me, he approaches, and we all smile, shake hands, introduce ourselves and then move on. He’s dressed casually in tan chinos and a T-shirt, and he looks like he lost some weight, enough weight that I almost did not recognize him. His wife and bodyguards are also in casual attire. We have now lost the teenagers, who are literally running after Pauly D. I text my daughter to meet us in twenty minutes at the Moby Dick ride. Vaccines are now on my mind. I need to say something to the Governor. My sister wants a picture. We head back to the Casino Pier and there’s the Governor standing watching the Moby Dick ride loop around. We approach him again, take a picture of our kids with the Governor and then I step in. “Governor, don’t forget about vaccine choice for parents. Many of us blame the aggressive vaccine protocol for all of the problems we are seeing in our children.” He tells me that it’s going to take sometime, and to read some article. I’ll follow up with his office to find out what article he was referring to.
So, in our quest to spot the characters from the JERSEY SHORE show, I literally bumped into another controversial character, Governor Chris Christie. Governor Christie is tough. He made the parents of NJ a campaign promise that he would bring us “Vaccine Choice” in NJ. I am not holding my breath and I don’t mean to offend the Governor, but I don’t believe that he’s another Abe Lincoln, and I don’t believe he’s tough enough to stand up to the drug industry. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ve got really good intuition.
To all the Jersey based celebrities: Governor Christie, Danielle, Jacqueline, Teresa, Caroline, The Situation, Vinnie, Pauly D, Snookie, J-WOW, Sammy, Angelina and Ronnie thanks for the entertainment this summer…..all done Jersey style!
I certainly don’t find our Jersey autism rates, vaccine mandates and most of our politicians entertaining in the least.
Claudine Liss is an award winning indie filmmaker, writer, lawyer, health advocate and vaccination choice activist. She resides in New Jersey with her family.