The table-flipper speaks out!

On Thursday in New York City,

As you may know, the controversial Real Housewives of New Jersey patriarch is serving a sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud.

Although Joe is doing “really good” and she visits him “all the time,” he is NOT number one on her list of priorities!

The Bravo star explained:

“This is how it goes. Work comes first — I’m by myself — so it’s work, then all the kids’ activities come second. Then he comes third… He’s totally fine with that. When I’m free, then I go see him, and he’s totally fine with that.”

Considering they share four daughters: Gia, 17, Gabriella, 13, Milania, 11, and Audriana, 8, Teresa must be busy.

Ever since Joe moved to a new prison location — from the Fort Dix area to near Penn State University — the starlet has been making the most of her travel.

“I love the ride… It’s so mediating. I love Route 80. The mountains! The mountains are so beautiful!… I hate the turnpike — I used to dread going to see him when he was in Fort Dix because I hate the turnpike. Where he is now, it’s beautiful.”

As seen on RHONJ, Teresa has denied rumors that she is leaving her husband of almost 20 years.

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