N.J. Governor Corzine Seriously Injured, Saved by SUV
New Jersey governor Jon Corzine was critically injured last night when his car was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine was in critical condition Friday but expected to recover after his SUV crashed into a guard rail while heading to a meeting between Don Imus and the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
Police were searching for a pickup truck driver whose actions were blamed for the crash on the Garden State Parkway. Corzine, 60, suffered numerous fractures, including a leg, his ribs, sternum and a vertebrae, authorities said.
The governor won’t be able to resume his duties as governor for days, if not weeks, and he won’t walk normally for months, his doctor said. Fortunately, he did not suffer any brain damage, said Dr. Robert Ostrum, who performed two hours of surgery Thursday night at Cooper University Hospital.
Senate President Richard Codey has taken over as acting governor. “He’s in serious shape, but he’s alive and going to survive. Hopefully, he’ll be back to work in a few weeks,” Codey said Friday on WNBC-TV.
One would expect a governor to have a police escort, so it’s quite bizarre that he was not only struck by a pickup truck but that the other driver got away. I’m glad to hear that he’ll recover; certainly, it could have been far more serious had he been in, say, a Prius rather than an “unsafe” SUV.
As an aside, I’m curious why he was going to a meeting between Imus and the Rutgers women. Yes, Rutgers (aka “The State University of New Jersey”) is a state institution and as governor he is ex officio chairman of their board, but that’s generally a duty exercised in the breach and this was not an official university function.