Dina Matos McGreevey says former NJ Gov. Jim McGreevey was selfish and controlling

By Caris Davis
Updated April 23, 2007 08:25 AM
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In her upcoming memoir, former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey’s ex-wife describes him as a selfish liar who began a gay affair while she was pregnant with their daughter.

According to excerpts obtained by the New York Daily News, Dina Matos McGreevey writes in Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage, out May 1, that McGreevey, 49, wasn’t thrilled when she told him she was pregnant with Jacqueline, now 5.

“Now?” he said, according to the excerpt in the Daily News. “This isn’t exactly great timing.”

Matos McGreevey, 40, also writes that she was on bed rest for much of her pregnancy, and it was while she was in the hospital her husband says he began the affair with aide Golan Cipel that led to his 2004 resignation. (Cipel has denied the affair.)

Before his announcement that he was stepping down as governor – in which he famously revealed, “I am a gay American” – McGreevey told his wife to pull herself together, Matos McGreevey writes: “You have to be Jackie Kennedy today.”

Matos McGreevey also says her husband told her she should move out of the New Jersey governor’s mansion before he resigned because staying until the last minute would make her “look like white trash.”

Silent Partner

is Matos McGreevey’s response to her ex-husband’s autobiography, The Confession, which was published last September and in which McGreevey wrote that he married Matos McGreevey for political gain.

The couple are now separated and fighting bitterly over custody of Jacqueline.

Approached by the New York Post outside the Plainfield, N.J., home he now shares with partner Mark O’Donnell, Jim McGreevey declined comment except to say, “I wish Dina well.”