Unlike many of the cast members from the "Jersey Shore", Mike "The Situation" is a Jersey guy.

Mike grew up in Manalapan and now lives in Holmdel. He's a foodie, actually always eating on the show with other cast members at one point concerned about some weight gain!

He was with the "Jersey Shore" for 6 seasons and has now been with "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation for 6 seasons.

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Like many people in the Garden State, Mike struggled with addiction being hooked on oxycodone for years. He told TMZ that he spent a half million on drugs and another million on lawyers.

His life hit a bottom with a conviction for tax evasion and an 8-month prison sentence. He served two years of supervised probation and 500 hours of community service. Now, the guy's been sober for 8 years and has a wife and two kids, with another on the way.

His new memoir, "Reality Check: Making the Best of the Situation" is out now and he joined me to discuss his journey.

Side note, back in August, we did a meet and greet as a part of our Common Sense Town Hall/Small Business promotion at Mike's wife's new business. His wife Lauren owns Bijoux Boutique in Middletown with her partner, Gwen.

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