By People Staff
Updated June 11, 2009 12:00 AM
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There’s a baby boom in New Jersey.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita is the proud new mom of a baby boy.

Nicholas Francis Laurita was born Thursday morning, PEOPLE confirms exclusively. The baby weighed in at 8 lbs. and 8oz.

Nicholas is the third child for the Housewives star, who has a 6-year-old son, CJ, with her husband Chris and a 17-year-old daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage.

Laurita’s costar Teresa Giudice is also expecting a baby – her fourth – due in September. – Jennifer Garcia