Former New Jersey
governor James E. McGreevey was ordered Friday to more
than double the amount of support he pays to his estranged
first openly gay governor should pay Dina Matos McGreevey
$2,500 a month, superior court judge Karen M. Cassidy ruled.
Matos McGreevey had been receiving $1,129 a month but
maintained that it was insufficient to meet the needs
of herself and the couple's 5-year-old daughter.
Matos McGreevey's request for $4,000 a month, noting
that Matos McGreevey said she needed to spend $2,200 a month
on clothing. ''It seemed a little high,'' the judge
A lawyer for the
former governor, Matthew D. Piermatti, argued that his
client's income was decreasing now that he'd entered an
Episcopal seminary. They had offered to increase
support to $1,691 a month.
Cassidy said the
$2,500 a month for Matos McGreevey would help preserve
the status quo until a full trial on the divorce, which is
scheduled for May.
earns $82,000 at Columbus Hospital in Newark. The former
governor has earned an average of about $155,000 a year for
the past five years.
announced in August 2004 that he was gay and would
resign. He said he had been the target of a blackmail
threat from a former lover. (AP)