McGreevey seeks dismissal of fraud charge

March 4, 2008 5:21:46 PM PST
New Jersey's gay former governor says his four-year marriage produced a child and was not a fraud, as his estranged wife contends.

In court papers made public today, Jim McGreevey said the claim that he concealed his sexuality from his wife is without merit and should be dismissed.

His lawyers say Dina Matos McGreevey has no legal claim even if McGreevey, now openly gay and living with a male partner, hid his bisexuality or married her to advance his political career.

Matos McGreevey wants to be compensated for the 13½ months she didn't get to spend in Drumthwacket, the governor's mansion in Princeton Township. She's seeking $605,999 in damages.

McGreevey resigned suddenly during his first term after announcing he was gay and saying he had an affair with a male staffer. The couple split when he left office in November 2004.