Past housewives include Kathy Wakile (season 3–5), Teresa Aprea (season 6), Amber Marchese (season 6), and Nicole Napolitano (season 6).It was later announced that the series would debut on May 12, 2009, with Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo, and Danielle Staub as the cast.
The series featured some of the cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, including Melissa Gorga, Joe Gorga, and Rosie Pierri.
but was later surpassed by The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
After season 3, The Real Housewives of New Jersey was the only The Real Housewives series within the franchise that featured a main cast who were all married, until The Real Housewives of Miami also met the criterion starting with its third season.
Caroline Manzo, who was part of the original cast of the show, quit the series before its sixth season.
Manzo later disclosed that she was involved in the production of a new show, Manzo'd with Children; The second spin-off, entitled Teresa Checks In, aired in October 2015.