$51,000 or $15,000? Experts differ on McGreeveys' monthly lifestyle costs
There were big differences in estimates given in court today of how much it costs to keep New Jersey's former first couple in a gubernatorial lifestyle.
An accountant hired by ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey says it would cost a total of $15,000 a month for the governor and his estranged wife to live like they did at the governor's mansion.An expert hired by Dina Matos McGreevey says a lifestyle including personal security, a chef and use of two beach houses would cost $51,000 a month.Matos McGreevey wants alimony and child support from the now openly gay McGreevey. She's asking for compensation for the time she would have spent at the governor's mansion had her husband not resigned in 2004 amid a gay sex scandal.McGreevey is trying to convince the judge he's too poor to pay alimony.
The nation's first openly gay governor could have become a talk show host, pursued a movie deal or otherwise cashed in on his fame after a sex scandal forced him from office, a lawyer for his estranged wife argued Monday.
John Post, who represents Dina Matos McGreevey, is trying to convince the judge in the couple's divorce case that former Gov. James McGreevey has underestimated his earning potential and net worth to avoid paying alimony to his soon-to-be ex-wife.
McGreevey's lawyer, Stephen Haller, has tried to show that his client, now an Episcopal seminary student, is too poor to pay. The 50-year-old former governor has testified that he does not want to pursue high-profile jobs because he wants to quietly get on with his life.
Lawyers for the McGreeveys repeatedly clashed over money matters Monday as the judge tried to untangle the couple's assets and debts