Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, who is estranged from his wife, used his state cell phone to send more than 860 text messages in one month last year with a woman he says is a longtime friend, a newspaper reported.

Because the state didn't have a text messaging plan, each message cost 15 cents, for a total of $130 during the March-April 2007 period when the messages were sent, according to documents obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal. Spokesman Ben Kieckhefer said Gibbons reimbursed the state for the charges.

The 63-year-old Republican governor filed for divorce in May from his wife, Dawn, after nearly 22 years of marriage. On Monday, attorneys for both spouses said the divorce proceedings were being put on hold and they would live separately on the governor's mansion grounds while they try to resolve their issues.