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McGreevey says
ex-wife knew he was gay before they married

McGreevey says
ex-wife knew he was gay before they married

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The estranged wife of former New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey knew he was gay before they married, he claimed in court papers filed Monday.

The estranged wife of former New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey knew he was gay before they married, he claimed in court papers filed Monday.

McGreevey wrote that Dina Matos McGreevey "knew of my sexual orientation before our marriage[;] she chose to either ignore it or block it out of her mind, even when questioned by her friends."

The former governor does not detail how she knew he was gay but objects to his wife's contention in recent court papers that he is bisexual.

"On the offhand chance she wasn't paying attention, I AM A GAY AMERICAN," he wrote, referencing the term he used to describe himself when he announced his resignation as governor in August 2004. "She is in deep denial."

An after-hours telephone message left at Matos McGreevey's workplace was not immediately returned Monday. Her lawyer, John Post, did not immediately respond to an e-mail message seeking comment.

McGreevey resigned after saying he was gay and had had an affair with a staff employee.

The former governor also defended his parenting skills in the filing. He said despite the demands of being governor he was never "indifferent" to their 5-year-old daughter, as his estranged wife claims.

Last week Matos McGreevey claimed in court papers that he exposed their young daughter to erotic artwork at the home he now shares with partner Mark O'Donnell, an Australian money manager. She is seeking primary custody.

McGreevey, 49, countered in Monday's filing that his wife "has never seen the photograph" of the nude male model.

Matos McGreevey's memoir is scheduled to reach bookstores May 1. (AP)

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