The Sleeping ‘Bulldog’, Bryan Bowen, Has Been Awakened; Joe Gorga Sold His Parents’ Home Out from Under Them
January 27, 2013 250 Comments
The Sleeping ‘Bulldog’ Has Been Awakened
Melissa Gorga’s ex Bryan, AKA “Bulldog”, never asked to be involved in this but, as evidenced by his recent tweets, he has made it very clear that he stands for the truth. Here are some of Bryan’s (@bulldog_nj) tweets:
“So I get the phone call today that she says she’s not worried about me making it on the show because my tumor is back and I will be dead.”
“They’re hoping I will just go away ‘NOW’ or like she said, Die from my tumor. We’ll I’m not and I am ALIVE TODAY! Never wake a sleeping Giant!”
“I am back and fourth in NYU great hospital and I have one of the best surgeons in the world. God is in my life, I’ll be just fine “
“Didn’t kill me the 1st time, it’s not gonna kill me this time. I am blessed. I was 24 hours away from being paralyzed & blind.” pic.twitter.com/Hu9erHyF
“The ink on my body explains my story Demons of the past & The Angels of Today that r in my Life! It doesn’t come off & it doesn’t change.”
“Just so this clear, I’m not trying to make anyone believe anything. I just speak the truth! It’s how I roll. “
“Believe in yourself, that’s all that matters.”
“I don’t have to look in her mirror or live with her. She has to do that all by herself. I know the TRUTH & so does she.”
“I am in to good of a place in Life, they can say whatever they want about me far far away.”
“She can’t make me look bad cause I have made mistakes in life and I own up to them. I am not perfect, who is!?I can look myself in the mirror.”
[She won't meet you on a show. She will "leak" bs] She won’t cause I can say too much. I’m the one who has all the answers to everyone’s questions, the TRUTH.”
“I have to say I have chewed tougher steaks then anyone that has every been on the show rhwnj #justsaying. If the time comes I will keep it real, that is a promise. Some things are right some are wrong.”
“I don’t have to proof anything to anyone, but if this keeps up, the best is yet to come & I haven’t even gotten started…always be yourself.”
“Man I always believed in karma but NOW I REALLY BELIEVE!! LOL, ya did it to yourself.”
“Gods puts people in your life for a reason, and removes them for a better reason. thank god!”
“Right now there thinking how dare he lol, but it’s ok when you do the dirty work to others right!? lol no one knows better than I do.. “
“It’s ok, she’s so desperate to keep her fake image & fake fame, that’s the level she is going to. I’m all good! Xo.”
“I get it, your sisters have your back. I have a sister 2 & we would die for each other, but when 1 of us is wrong, we don’t cosign each others BS.”
“UR family is suppose 2b the people that teach u right from wrong, not support & encourage bad behavior!”
“Maybe if u go on realty TV you should not act as if this were a movie and hurt people doing it.”
“I guess it’s coming out after a year of dealing with this BS that I tried so hard to avoid. I turned people away & changed my number 3 times.”
“Follow the arrows it will all ad up! I have nothing to gain or lose… Didn’t even wanna be involved in this.”
“The Fighter in me will always Be! Never will go away… Guess you took my kindness for weakness. #selfmade”
“Well considering they claim I’m broke, lets do it lol. They said I wanna ride her coattails, ok, u rode mine long enough.”
“I might have to appear just cause I know now that it’s killing them.”
“That pic u have of her and the dog ‘gucci’ saddens me. She gave him up when she moved in with Joe. She loved him but $ more.”
“I remember the Friday nite u said 2 me, stop seeing other girls or I will marry that millionaire. 3 months Lata you were married Lol.”
“I bought her that cross, it was kind of like giving an exorcism. Lol I tried to help her.”
“What’s funny is she would always tell me her brother in law is a lot like me ‘juicy’ then when I saw him on TV I saw why. He don’t put on act.”
No bro, you broke up with her 10, I mean 7, shit 5 yrs ago. BAHAHAHAHA lmao: “I just got that haha”
“Her definition of Jesus is $, that’s why she always says, Thank u Jesus. sad”
“Funny how all the plotting yas do is behind closed doors and very quietly public now. Hmmm funny… Still 10 steps ahead.”
“Let me set something straight I don’t Hate anyone, it’s not in my heart TODAY! Like I said if confronted I will just tell the TRUTH! “
“So I hear the new attack on me will be that I am ‘mentally disabled’ cause of my surgery, if I speak lol, that I don’t know what I’m saying.”
“Addiction is also not something to attack people on. So sad! For the record, I live a sober life Today by my own choice!”
“Melissa was this bear in front of your house lol.” pic.twitter.com/wB1YVFJ8
“Man talk about the possibility of the “perfect storm” coming… Hmmm I just found some interesting pictures with dates on them.. Hmmm”
“Really!? really!? lol Keep talking… I will keep exposing ya 3 hamsters.” pic.twitter.com/8CSG004r
“Now you r doctors too, right!? Teacher, singer, stripped, actress… C’mon, give it a rest already & define ‘cokehead’, people suffer from addiction”
“Remember I never said she was a stripper or not a stripper, I do know but I have not stated yet. Facts “
Note: Fame-Whorgas sometimes adds spaces and punctuation and corrects typos in tweets to make them easier to read.
We have witnessed the sweeping force and influence that is Bravo, with its far-reaching tentacles within the entertainment industry, touching talk shows such as Wendy Williams, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, and Anderson Cooper, as well as tabloids such as Us Weekly. We hope that Bryan finds a good public relations agent and that he heeds the warnings and accepts the words of support offered by FW readers at the link here — we have his back!
Joe Gorga Sold His Parents’ Home Out from Under Them
In February 2001, while using his parents’ home at 281 Maitland Ave. in Paterson, NJ, as his primary address (he may have been still living at home), 27-year old Joe Gorga bought a lot in Franklin Lakes for $345,000 with the intention of one day building a custom home on it (probably to flip for profit).
Fifteen months later, on May 15, 2002, Joe bought a home to use as his primary residence at 259 Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne, NJ, for $510,000 (instrument #2002056041*) — he took out a $408,000 mortgage on the home in his name only with NJ Lenders Corp. (instrument #2002056042*), which means his down payment was $102,000.
Almost a year later, in March 2003, Joe first met Melissa Marco during Spring Break in Cancun (she was 24; he was 29) — they hung out and partied as a group, but she wasn’t interested in him because he was too short and not her type. Upon returning home to New Jersey, Joe pursued her and visited her while she worked at Lookers Gentlemen’s Club, but she didn’t want anything to do with him.
Determined to win over Melissa by impressing her with wealth, Joe decided to build a 5,576 SF custom home on the Franklin Lakes lot he purchased more than two years earlier, in early 2001.
Joe needed his parents help, so three months after Joe first met Melissa, on June 19, 2003, his parents sold their home in Paterson, NJ, for $256,000 (instrument #2003079517*) and moved into Joe’s home at 259 Black Oak Ridge Road — this is the home Joe Gorga talked about in season 4, the one he later sold out from under them.
During season 4, Joe Gorga said that he owned the house that his parents lived in, but then sold it, and now is paying their rent while he looks for a little ranch house for them. In the episode where Joe and Teresa go to therapy together, Joe talks about an article saying that he took money from their mom, and that Teresa and Juicy are building a house — or garage apartment — for them. In the stairwell of the therapist’s building, we hear audio of Joe telling Teresa that the tabloid sh*t has to stop, and her claiming that she didn’t put anything out there, and him yelling at her not to lie. And then Joe yells, “You guys want to move ‘em into that f*cking shack that you built. He don’t want to move there!” And then Teresa says that Joe should buy their parents a house, and what’s the big deal since he’s doing so well. If she had the money, she says, she would f*cking give it to them. And then Joe calls her out on her expensive purse before yelling that she doesn’t f*cking get it. [Source]
Joe completed construction on the Franklin Lakes home at 149 Pulis Avenue in 2003; impressed by the home, Melissa began dating Joe in October of that year. This is the home Melissa was referring to when Teresa claims she said:
“I wasn’t stupid like my sisters; of course when I saw his house I was going to jump on that shit.”
In December 2003, a couple months after they started dating, Melissa moved into Joe’s Franklin Lakes home.
Eight months later, in August 2004, Melissa married Joe.
“I remember the Friday nite u said 2 me, stop seeing other girls or I will marry that millionaire. 3 months Lata you were married Lol.” – Melissa’s ex boyfriend, Bryan, January 25, 2013, Twitter (@bulldog_nj)
“What’s funny is she would always tell me her brother in law is a lot like me ‘juicy’ then when I saw him on TV I saw why. He don’t put on act.” – Melissa’s ex boyfriend, Bryan, January 24, 2013, Twitter (@bulldog_nj)
Less than a year later, on May 5, 2005, with the value of his homes in Franklin Lakes and Wayne skyrocketing because of the real estate bubble, Joe and Melissa purchased a ‘shore house’ in Toms River, NJ, for $450,000.
A little more than a year later, on August 7, 2006, at the peak of the real estate bubble, Joe sold their Franklin Lakes home for $2.45 million, making a significant profit ($1 million+).
On October 11, 2007, they purchased a very modest home at 491 Summer Street in Paterson, NJ for $170,000. It is unclear if they lived there or rented a home somewhere else, content to have money in the bank. Melissa said that she and Joe rented a home while he was building the mansion in Montville — the mortgage document for their construction loan listed their address as 35 Gravel Hill Road, Kinnelon, NJ.
Everything changed in 2007 when Teresa was cast on RHONJ. For 11 months before filming began in 2008, Teresa mulled over the decision to join the cast or not (as explained by Andy Cohen on the June 17, 2012, episode of WWHL — she kept dropping in and out). During this time, unlike Teresa, Melissa and Joe were very anxious to join the show. She and Joe began looking for an estate lot to buy near Teresa so they could be close to her and hopefully be taped along with her, living an upper-class lifestyle.