TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Chris Christie was picking a fight with the husband of one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality show.

Christie suspended Albert Manzo and Michael Cricco from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, saying they abused the public’s trust.

The governor criticized Manzo for not revealing that he lived in Franklin Lakes instead of Paterson. Christie said Cricco was paid for attending commission meetings while still on the clock for his $80,000-a-year job at the Schools Development Authority.

Manzo tells The Record newspaper he has an apartment in his Paterson restaurant and plans to fight to keep his job. His Franklin Lakes home is often shown on the reality series.

Cricco tells the newspaper a state ethics panel had approved his attendance at meetings.

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