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Ex-Mafia Boss

'Jersey Shore' Guys Are

'Disgrace to the Italians'

10/18/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ex-Philadelphia mafia boss "Skinny Joey" Merlino -- who served 12 years in federal prison for racketeering -- says the guys from "Jersey Shore" are a big, fat "disgrace to the Italians" ... seriously.

Merlino -- who was released from the slammer last year -- was at LAX yesterday, where he was picked up from the airport by Howard Stern's favorite mob family member Johnny Fratto.

It's unclear why Joey is in L.A. -- but as Johnny drove off with Merlino riding shotgun, he picked an interesting song choice to bump in his car ... Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom."

FYI -- Merlino was rumored to have been a heavy gambler before he got locked up ... and when we asked if he had any advice for Harvey (who's been getting killed with his NFL picks) ... "Skinny Joey" had one solid piece of advice ... and it involves one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady.

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31.

LittleBIt    

You are absolutely right Joey!!! They ARE a disgrace to Italians and to the real New Jersey Shore points. Especially South Jersey where I vacationed all my life. Cape May, Wildwood, Ocean City, Sea Isle, etc..

735 days ago
32.

dan    

"your a disgrace"
says the Roach to the Flea

735 days ago
33.

Travis    

They did a do***entary on this guy and while he was in prison the Mexican mafia put a hit on him and he single handed fought off 5 Mexican mafia members with a cafeteria tray..

735 days ago
34.

lebonne    

Oh please. Take a chill pill.

735 days ago
35.

Lulubelle    

Right, sure Travis, especially since Joey is about 5 foot 1 inch and skinny as a bean. Not to mention that he is dumb as a brick. The last time I saw him he was standing outside a Wawa eating a Snickers.

735 days ago
36.

Toilethead    

Whack 'em!

735 days ago
37.

palermo    

I'm Sicilian, and I totally agree

735 days ago
38.

Ishagn    

Handsome !

735 days ago
39.

pd    

lol jersey shore is just some kids havin fun n yeah like normal ppl **** happens..
id u dont like the show dont watch.. get over it
Skinny Joe is a criminal n a moron hes the real disgrace.. try going to the GYM- GTL
n atleast the guys on the shore r HAWT

735 days ago
40.

al    

I GET A KICK OUT OF THESE CROOKED GREASEBALL HOODLUMS WHO HAVE ROBBED KILLED PIMPED AND SOLD DRUGS AND THINK THEYRE A STEP ABOVE THE COMON MAN.

735 days ago
41.

notalawyer    

Better listen to these guys... or swim with the fishes wearing concrete shoes

735 days ago
42.

MIke Russell Mob Cop    

September 7, 2011 Joey Merlino was released from prison and classified a "domestic terrorist" and put on the "no fly" list. Someone want to fill me in on how he flew from south Florida to Los Angeles. Great job by the Feds. Sleep tight America.

735 days ago
43.

karen    

He left out some of the Real Housewives of NJ and
at least one husband.

735 days ago
44.

MIke Russell Mob Cop    

Joey "Skinny Joey" Merlino and his new found playmate Johnny Lew Fratto look like a couple of Queens rather than mob guys.....what's this world coming to?

734 days ago
45.

Bananarama    

If jersey shore is a disgrace than an organized crime mafia member is ten times that. Should be in jail.

733 days ago
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