When Dina Matos first met Jim McGreevey at a political dinner in 1995, she says she felt an immediate connection. "My first impression of him was that he had a magnetic personality, and I also thought he was handsome," she says. While she was dating Jim, Dina says his busy campaigning schedule meant they had little time alone. "Our dates consisted of church picnics, senior citizen breakfasts," she says.
Five years after they met, Dina and Jim were married. "It was like a fairy tale," Dina says. "The Jim I fell in love with was charismatic, passionate, down-to-earth. I was very happy."
When Jim was elected governor, Dina thought she had attained the American dream. "I had a new baby, a new home to renovate, a full-time job. I thought that Jim and I formed a great team," she says. "I think that together we thought that we could possibly change the world."