Pauly D got famous in New Jersey, but he wants to stay as far away from The Garden State as possible when it comes to deciding who gets custody of his kid.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Pauly and his baby mama, Amanda, are in a dogfight over which state should handle their custody case.
Pauly wants Nevada to handle it, but the former Hooters waitress wants a Jersey judge to pass judgment ... and we know why.
Nevada judges are more likely to give the father custodial rights than Jersey jurists. In Nevada, there's a presumption that both parents should get joint custody. There is no such presumption in Jersey. Now as we reported, Pauly wants FULL custody, but having joint custody as a fall back is better than nothing.
There's also an issue of convenience. Pauly lives in Vegas and he doesn't want to have to make the trek to Jersey every time there's a court hearing.
Here's what's ironic: If Pauly gets his way and the case is handled in Nevada and the judge awards joint custody, he'll probably end up paying MORE child support than if the case was handled in Jersey -- that's just the way the law works. But sources tell TMZ ... he knows he'll end up paying more child support but getting custody is way more important to him.
Meet Pauly D's Baby Mama
She's a Hooter
10/23/2013 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Meet the woman Pauly D knocked up on the first try.
Amanda Markert -- a Hooters' alum who worked as a VIP hostess when she and Pauly got wasted in Vegas and had unprotected sex -- is what you expected to see. Check out the photos.
It's not all sunshine for Amanda. She's now the mother of 2 who is waging legal war with Pauly over custody of 5-month-old Amabella.
We broke the story ... Pauly thinks she's unfit, but we've analyzed the pics and she's pretty fit to us.
Pauly D & Baby Mama
They Hate Each Other
10/23/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pauly D and his baby mama are at war, TMZ has learned ... and there's a big fight over custody and cash.
Sources connected to the baby mama and baby daddy tell TMZ ... Pauly doesn't think the woman is a fit mother -- he points to the fact that she once worked at Hooters. He's also concerned because the woman, who's only 25 years old, has another kid.
Pauly and the woman, who goes by Amanda, have filed dueling court docs. We're told Pauly wants some sort of custody of his daughter -- but the level of custody is unclear. Sources say Pauly has not seen the child, who was born in May, but obviously he's looking to change that.
We're also told the baby mama is demanding child support ... and even though Pauly says he's ready and willing to step up and take care of the kid financially ... he feels like she's treating the kid like a winning lottery ticket. Exhibit A ... the woman recently posed the baby in a high chair that's covered in $100 bills.
As for how they hooked up, we're told it was one drunken night in Vegas ... but the kid isn't bringing them any closer. In fact, one source tells us they straight up hate each other.
Stay tuned ...
FIRST BABY PIC
My Kid's Already Fist Pumping!
10/22/2013 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Meet the new princess of Jersey ... Pauly D's 5-month-old baby girl, Amabella.
We broke the story ... Pauly D hooked up with a chick he met in Vegas in the Fall, 2012 ... and this is what happened.
Pauly has already taken a DNA test which pretty much conclusively proved he's the daddy ... so Maury, stand down.
As for the name ... we're told Amabella means lovable in French.
She was born on May 15 and, based on the pic obtained by TMZ, already needs a haircut ... just like her daddy.
I Have a Love Child
10/22/2013 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pauly D's bloodline will live on, because he has a little girl crawling around -- near the Jersey Shore ... TMZ has learned.
Here's what we know ... The mother is 25, born in Jersey but she met Pauly in Vegas last year. We're told they hooked up while he was DJing in Sin City.
The baby is a few months old, living with her mom.
The mom has filed court docs in New Jersey to formally establish paternity, but we've learned Pauly has already taken a DNA test and he's the dad.
Pauly tells TMZ, "I'm proud I'm a father. I am excited to embark on this new part of my life."
If NJ Had a Baseball Team
They'd Be 'The Losers!'
10/14/2013 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If New Jersey had a baseball team, it should be called "THE LOSERS," this according to Snooki ... talk about biting the hand that fed ya.
It's pretty shocking, considering the MTV star spent several years in NJ ... where she lived, boozed and shot her reality show.
But right after she made the comment on the way out of Boa Steakhouse in L.A., the backtracking began ...
Snooks insisted the comment was NOT made to be a shot at Jersey on the whole, but more of a shot at HERSELF and the "Jersey Shore" cast, because "we were all turds back then."
You buyin' that?
'Chris Christie Is Retarded'
10/1/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:03 AM PDT -- JWoww just took to Twitter to explain herself and apologize -- sorta. She says she was caught off guard when she made her comments. But she still calls Christie "disgusting and judgmental" for his views on gay marriage. She apologized for her earlier choice of words .. but not for how she feels about the Gov.
Chris Christie is "retarded" ... so says Jwoww who (along with Snooki) is clearly still feuding with the Jersey governor after a nasty run in with the guy earlier this year.
The Jersey gals were leaving Boa Steakhouse on the Sunset Strip last night when we brought up CC -- and that's when the smacktalk began.
"He's a disgrace to New Jersey," Jwoww said ... adding, "Just like we were."
The two sides have been beefin' for a while (Chris doesn't like the show, the girls don't understand why) ... and it all came to a head back in May during an encounter on the Jersey Shore.
At the time, Snooki told Christie, "I just wanted to meet you, and just, hope you start to like us.”
Don't hold your breath ...
Blames Pill Addiction on
'Dancing w/ the Stars' Injury
9/10/2013 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino says his addiction to prescription painkillers began after suffering a neck injury on "Dancing with the Stars" back in 2010 ... and he's still battling to stay sober.
We broke the story ... Sitch checked into rehab back in March 2012 -- and after his people initially insisted the MTV star was just suffering from exhaustion, they eventually admitted he was hooked on opiates.
Now, 32-year-old Situation is talking about his battle with prescription drugs ... telling the AP his addiction was so bad, he could barely dress himself.
"All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn’t do that. The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn’t even get out of bed."
Sitch says it was at that moment, he realized he had a problem -- "If I can’t [get dressed], how am I going to continue?”
The former "Jersey Shore" star says he's still taking medication for his injury -- but undergoes counseling to keep his addiction in check.
He's also a paid spokesman for the company that makes his pills -- and participates in a program that helps spread awareness about opiate prescription painkiller addictions.
I've NEVER Seen
Paris Hilton DJ
9/3/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton may be climbing in the DJ world ... but there's one honor she has yet to receive -- the Skrillex stamp of approval.
Skrillex -- one of the biggest DJs on the planet -- was rollin' through JFK this weekend when we asked if he thought PH had legitimate talent behind the turntables, since she just signed a big DJ contract with a famous nightclub in Ibiza.
But the 25-year-old electronic music phenom behind the megahit "Bangerang" told us he couldn't sign off on Paris' skills, 'cause he's never seen her play. Same goes for Pauly D.
It's not exactly a diss, but a nod from Skrillex could be huge for either one of 'em. Just sayin' ...
Sues Perfume Company
Your Rip-Off Stinks
8/30/2013 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Snooki's out for blood ... claiming a rival perfume company jacked her trademark scent ... and she wants at least $2.4 million to call it even.
Snooki has filed a lawsuit against Excell Brands in New Jersey, claiming its perfume called "Snazzy" is a blatant rip-off her of her official fragrance called "Snooki."
The former "Jersey Shore" star says Snazzy is so shameless about its trademark infringement, it even says so on the box ... calling itself "our version of Snooki by Nicole Polizzi." She's not lying.
Now Snooki wants a court to order Excell to stop selling Snazzy perfume ASAP ... and to make the company fork over a minimum of $2 mil in damages. Calls to Excell weren't returned.
High & Waisted with Baby
7/30/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The dreaded high-waisted bikini strikes again!!! Just days after Taylor Swift terrified the nation with some grandma's dusty old swim-diaper ... Snooki subjected her OWN DEFENSELESS CHILD to the horrific ensemble.
The pics were snapped Monday on the beach in Seaside Heights -- aka "Jersey Shore" mecca -- and luckily, Snooki's baby daddy Jionni LaValle was there to distract 11-month-old Lorenzo for long enough that he didn't go blind.
Gotta hand it to Snooki though ... aside from the bikini, she looks great.
Snooki & Pauly D
Some Nazi A-Hole
Gave Out Our Cell Phone #s
7/8/2013 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Snooki and Pauly D were forced to change their cell phone numbers yesterday ... after some swastika-loving Nazi jerkwad hacked into JWoww's Twitter account and gave out their digits to all of her followers, TMZ has learned.
Here's what we know ... the Anti-Semitic mystery hacker took over JWoww's page on Sunday night -- changed her Twitter avatar to a swastika -- and then gave out several private numbers to all of JWoww's 3.3 MILLION followers.
Among the released numbers -- Snooki, Pauly D, Deena and Perez Hilton.
We're told the Snooks, Pauly and Deena have already changed their numbers in the wake of the hack -- we're guessing Perez probably followed suit.
JWoww has since regained control of her Twitter page -- and got rid of the Nazi symbol. The identity of the hacker is still unknown.
I Support NJ Saggy Pants Ban!!!
Who Wants to See Guys' Asses?
7/4/2013 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Well this is surprising ... "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D actually supports a New Jersey town's war on saggy pants -- telling TMZ, "I'm not trying to look at guys' asses going down the street."
As we reported, several big rappers -- including The Game -- have spoken out against the City of Wildwood's recent ban on saggy pants along its boardwalks, claiming it's a racist law that targets black people.
But Pauly D doesn't think so ... saying, "Put a belt on!"
Oh yeah, we also talk about air sex. It's a thing.