Margaret Josephs may have been tough on her husband, Joe Benigno, while waiting for him to complete the renovations on their Garden State home (in fact, during The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion preview clip, above, he joked that Marge has not “let up” on him even after its completion), but when it comes time to defend her man, she never misses the chance.
During a heated conversation regarding Jennifer Aydin’s marriage in Part 1 of the RHONJ Season 11 reunion, which aired on May 19, Margaret brought up the fact that Jennifer’s Instagram bio reads, “Married to a plastic surgeon,” adding, “That’s her identity.”
“Maybe she’s proud that she’s married to a plastic surgeon,” Teresa Giudice chimed in. “I mean, I don’t think you would say you’re married to a plumber. I mean, I’m just saying, he’s a doctor.”
During the reunion, Margaret replied, “What’s wrong with being a plumber?” adding, “I know what that means, Teresa. Not a nice thing! I don’t go around saying what my husband does for a living... Do you know why I’m proud of him? He’s honest, he’s caring, he’s loving, he’s amazing, and he’s supportive.”
Margaret also took to Instagram after the episode aired to add one more clapback. Alongside a photo of Joe and Joe Gorga working, Margaret wrote, “Proud of these two average Joes and all the hardworking men out there… These two have been hustling together since they met. Blessed with the best!” She also added the hashtags, “plumbers,” “contractors,” and “electricians.”
Joe Gorga commented on the post, writing, “Just two real guys doing the American dream.” Joe Benigno added, “It’s a pleasure to work with Joe Gorga, he’s nothing but a class act!” And Melissa Gorga added, “The boys,” with a muscle flexing emoji. Even Marge Sr. weighed in, adding, “So true. You saw what [Joe Benigno] accomplished with their house he is amazing. Thoughtful, loving, best husband and father.”
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