Newt Gingrich
Former House Speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Reuters

What does it mean when reality starts imitating reality TV? It means the latest episode in the new show, The Republican Primaries, has hit New York!

Fresh from his appearance at a exclusive Tea Party event on Staten Island, from which International Business Times was barred, The Newt met with The Donald, according to the New York Post.

After the private sit-down, The Donald, who may, himself, be re-entering the Presidential fray, said, It's amazing how well he's doing, how he resonates with so many people, according to the Republican paper of record.

Apparently, according to an NBC/Marist College poll last night, The Newt is now thrashing other GOP wannabees. He's at 28 percent, vs. Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, who each scored 19 percent, reported the paper.

Trump has fired Ron Paul, apparently. Paul criticized the idea of The Donald moderating a Newsmax-sponsored Republican debate. Gingrich said he would be fine with attending it. Trump gave Paul zero chance. Gingrich suggested Trump was a perfectly reasonable potential president, noting, This is a country that elected an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee to the presidency.

Gingrich,best known for his congressional leadership that let to the complete shutdown of the U.S. government, is also hoping to get Godfather Pizza Don Herman Cain's endorsement.