Former New Jersey
governor James E. McGreevey and his estranged wife were
back in court Thursday as their lawyers met behind closed
doors with a judge to hash out a settlement.
judge Karen Cassidy decided to further delay testimony in
the divorce trial, giving James and Dina Matos McGreevey a
third day to try to reach an agreement, said court
spokeswoman Sandra Thaler-Gerber.
''In a family
matter, it's very crucial of the parties to reach consent
instead of a judge making a decision,'' Thaler-Gerber said.
lawyers met with Cassidy for 90 minutes. Thaler-Gerber said
the lawyers were expected to speak with their clients and
then report back to the judge before lunch.
governor and his wife split in 2004 after he resigned in
disgrace over a gay affair. They had been married for four
Issues in the
case include custody of the couple's 6-year-old daughter,
child support and alimony, and a marriage fraud claim by
stepped down during his first term after a nationally
televised speech in which he acknowledged being ''a gay
American'' and said he had an affair with a male
staffer. The staffer has denied the affair and claims
he was sexually harassed by McGreevey. (AP)