Monday, March 17, 2008
Scroll down for the Dina Matos McGreevey photo gallery.
Before Spitzer and "Kristen", there was gay Gov. Jim McGreevey and Theodore Pedersen.
Former aide Pedersen says that he, McGreevey, and wife Dina Matos McGreevey had weekly trysts from 1999 to 2001. They would begin the evening at T.G.I. Friday's (you can't make this stuff up) and conclude at McGreevey's condo. These encounters were called "Friday Night Specials."
This contradicts Dina Matos McGreevey's portrayal as an unsuspecting wife:
Matos McGreevey claims the onetime Woodbridge mayor duped her into marriage in 2000 to further his political career, and that she had no clue about his sexual preference until just before he resigned in August 2004, when he announced he was gay and had an affair with an aide.
Matos McGreevey also recounts a surreal conversation before McGreevey's resignation speech:
Two days later, Dina writes, he went further, using a certain three-letter word for the first time: "I think I might be gay."
She didn't learn he was certain he was gay - "a gay American" - until she read a draft of his speech a few hours before he delivered it.
"You have to smile," he reportedly reminded her on the way to the announcement.
"And if reporters ask you why you're here, you should tell them, 'I'm here because he's my husband and I love him.'
"And if the reporters ask you what you think of gay marriage, you should say, 'I'm sensitive to the issue.'"
"Make sure you smile a little more when I ask for forgiveness and thank you for bringing joy to my life," he added.
Dina Matos McGreevey Picture Gallery
Gov. McGreevey, Theodore Pedersen, Matos McGreevey
Dina Matos, McGreevey, and (far right) Theodore Pedersen
Dina Matos McGreevey smiling at resignation speech
Dina on "Good Morning America"