ENQUIRER exclusive REPORT:   Say goodbye to Santa Barbara – hello bucolic New Jersey for Edwards‘ mistress Rielle Hunter!

After her $15,000 monthly payments stopped with the death of money man Fred Baron, John Edward’s mistress blonde divorcee Rielle Hunter abandoned the lavish $3 million home that was being rented for her in ritzy Santa Barbara, California, sources tell The ENQUIRER.

Now she and her 10-month-old daughter Frances, who she privately says is Edwards’ love child, are living with her longtime friend Mimi Hockman in South Orange, about 20 miles west of New York City, according to insiders.

It’s the latest twist in what’s been called the year’s biggest political scandal, reported in a series of bombshell exclusives by The ENQUIRER.

After we revealed Edwards’ affair with Hunter and published photos of him with the baby, the former North Carolina senator confirmed on national TV that he’d lied to the American public while running for president and had cheated on his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth.

Edwards says he did not father Rielle’s baby, but she has privately confided that Edwards is the father.

Fred Baron, a wealthy Dallas ex-trial lawyer and former national finance chairman for Edwards’ failed presidential campaign, later admitted to paying Rielle’s bills. But after he died on Oct. 30 from cancer complications, the payments stopped.

For the full story pick up the latest ENQUIRER.