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N.J. Counties Vying for ‘Sopranos’

December 19, 2000

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ ``The Sopranos″ could have a new home in New Jersey.

Essex County officials barred the award-winning HBO series from filming a three-day gunfight on county-owned property because they disagreed with the show’s portrayal of Italian-Americans.

But officials from Union, Middlesex and Passaic counties said they would welcome the wiseguys, including James Gandolfini who plays mob family patriarch Tony Soprano.

``I’m sure we’d be interested in having them if they want to talk to us,″ said Dan Sullivan, a Union County official. The show filmed in Union County in 1999, ``and there was never any problem.″

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