Amy Polumbo: What’s the Scoop?

Those of you who live in other areas of the United States outside of the East Coast may be unaware of the buzz currently surrounding the title bearer for the Miss New Jersey crown. You may have seen the name Amy Polumbo a time or two, but didn’t know who she was or why her name was important. This article is to give you a short synopsis of the current situation, and to let you know who this person in the news is.

Amy Polumbo is the current Miss New Jersey, for those of you who have not seen the news. Apparently, Amy had a Facebook profile in which she had put some pictures of herself and her friends. Facebook is a social networking website on the World Wide Web that is to MySpace. Facebook gets its name from the paper facebooks depicting members of the campus that colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff. Facebook was, at one time, restricted to members with a college or university email address, but has since been opened to any email address.

A person with blackmail and possibly extortion on his or her mind has allegedly sent two packages containing and pictures in an attempt to get the Howell, New Jersey native to give up her crown. The photos are allegedly of Miss Polumbo drinking while underaged and kissing her boyfriend. According to legal sources, it is not the actual shots that are the point of blackmail, but the captions listed below them. The shots were posted in a private section of the Internet photo sharing site; a place that only friends and family are given permission to access. Amy’s lawyer, Anthony R. Caruso, says the pictures appear to have been doctored. The source of the blackmail is believed to be someone close to Amy.

Amy Polumbo’s aunt, Cathy Capper, said after a news conference that the pictures in question are not revealing in the least. In fact, she said, her niece appeared in less clothing during the swimsuit completion at the Miss New Jersey pageant where she won her title. It is alleged that the blackmailer has nude photographs of Miss Polumbo.

First runner up for the New Jersey title, Ronica Licciardello, said she had not heard of the scandal. “I hope this situation is resolved in the best way possible,” she said when she was told about the news by the Associated Press. If Miss Polumbo were to step down for some reason, Licciardello would become the new Miss New Jersey.

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