TRENTON, N.J. – It's now a case of he said, he said, she said.
Both former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey and his one-time driver insist that they engaged in three-way sex with McGreevey's wife, Dina Matos McGreevey, who is in the midst of a nasty divorce from from the now openly gay ex-governer.
Matos McGreevey denies that the threesomes ever occured.
The public airing of the alleged private encounters surfaced Monday following interviews published in The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger and the New York Post with former McGreevey campaign aide Theodore Pedersen.
Pedersen, 29, said he gave the interviews because he believed Matos McGreevey was being hypocritical in her recent criticism of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned last week when it was alleged that he had been a client of a high-priced prostitution ring.
"I wanted to get this out now because it was so offensive to me that she goes on television playing the victim," Pedersen told The Star-Ledger.
Pedersen said the threesomes took place between 1999 and 2001 and were known to the three as "Friday Night Specials," according to The Star-Ledger.
The McGreeveys married in 2000. The New Jersey governor resigned in 2004 following public disclosure of an extramarital gay affair.
According to Pedersen, he and McGreevey had become close friends on the campaign trail and eventually broached the idea of group sex involving Matos McGreevey. One night the plans became reality, he told the Post.
"We came up with this nice little formula for making it work," Pedersen said.
The Post reported that a routine soon followed: The three would meet at a local T.G.I. Friday's restaurant and have drinks. Then they would head to the McGreeveys' Woodbridge, N.J., home for "a hard-core consensual sex orgy."
Pedersen told the Post he believed his participation in the group sex was blessed by Matos McGreevey.
"He liked watching me, and she would watch me while she was [performing sex acts] with Jim," Pedersen told the Post. "In my opinion, me being a part of their sexual relationship enhanced it for both of them."
Matos McGreevey on Monday flat-out denied the allegations, according to The Associated Press.
She said Pedersen's claims of consensual three-way sex "are completely false and were prompted by Jim McGreevey."
"Jim has had a close relationship with Pedersen since his days as mayor of Woodbridge, and arranged jobs for Pedersen from that time through his years as governor and beyond," said Matos McGreevey, 41. "They have continued their close relationship since Jim left office. This was obviously payback time for Pedersen."
McGreevey, however, later disputed his estranged wife's denial.
In his statement, McGreevey said he and Matos McGreevey need to move forward for the sake of their 6-year-old daughter.
"This happened, this happened in the past, and now we need to move on with our lives," McGreevey, 50, said without being specific, according to the AP.
The Star-Ledger reported that Pedersen said he had sex only with Matos McGreevey, not the former governor, and was not sure if the former governor is or was gay.
The McGreeveys are in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. She accuses him of hiding his homosexuality before and during their marriage and has sued for damages. He says she should have known he was gay.
McGreevey resigned in 2004 after acknowledging an affair with a male staffer who he said was trying to blackmail him. The ex-staffer said he was sexually harassed by the Democratic governor.
The McGreeveys separated shortly after McGreevey's nationally televised speech in which he declared himself "a gay American."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.