Crasher Corzine Broke Law By Not Wearing Seat Belt
By TODD VENEZIA and JEANE MacINTOSH
Posted: April 15, 2007
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine wasn't wearing a seat belt when he
was badly injured in a highway crash - violating a law that the
Garden State spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to
Corzine's spokesman admitted yesterday that the former Goldman
Sachs boss - who doesn't particularly like to buckle up - didn't
fasten his seat belt when he climbed into the SUV's front passenger
seat Thursday. He was on his way to mediate talks between shock
jock Don Imus and the Rutgers women's basketball team on Thursday.
The governor was left in serious condition when he went flying
around the passenger compartment after his state-trooper driver
swerved into a guardrail to avoid a pickup truck. That truck
had swerved to avoid yet another vehicle.
"It does not appear the governor was wearing a seat belt,"
said spokesman Anthony Coley. When asked if the governor ever
wears a seat belt, he said: "Again, the State Police are
The governor's chief of staff said yesterday it was unclear
whether his security detail asked him to buckle up. "I
don't want to speak to what the job of the state trooper would
be, but those of you who know Governor Corzine know he's not
always amenable to suggestion," Tom Shea said. "So
I'm not sure that might have made all the difference anyway.
"If he was not, he certainly should have been," wearing
his seat belt, Shea said. "And we would encourage the State
Police to issue a citation."
Corzine yesterday was struggling to recover from massive injuries
at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. While he is incapacitated,
state Senate President Richard Codey will be acting governor.
The crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. as Corzine's Chevy Tahoe
was heading north on the Garden State Parkway from Atlantic
City. They were in the northbound lane in Galloway Township.
The seat-belt revelation added insult to injury for a chief
executive of a state that sternly enforces seat-belt laws on
State law requires all front-seat occupants to wear seat belts,
said David Wald, a spokesman for the state attorney general's
office. Violators face a $46 fine, he said.
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