Corzine Inured in Auto Accident

By Elizabeth Regan, Staff Reporter

On April 12, 2007, New Jerseys Governor Jon S. Corzine was in a serious traffic accident on the Garden State Parkway just north of Atlantic City on his way to the governor’s mansion for a meeting with Don Imus and the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. The governor suffered severe injuries and will endure months of rehabilitation. “Based on the pictures I’ve seen of the crash, I think he is lucky, said Dr. Steven Ross, head of the Cooper University Hospitals Trauma Unit.

The 60 year old, Governor Corzine was a passenger in the front seat and it appears Corzine was not wearing his seat belt, as required by state law, according to spokesperson Anthony Coley. Corzine suffered extensive injuries after a swerving motorist struck the governors State Police-chauffeured SUV that was traveling at a speed of 91 mph in a 65 mph zone, sent the SUV veering into a guardrail. The Governor’s extensive injuries consisted of 12 broken ribs, a broken sternum and collarbone, the femur bone in his left leg was broken in two places, minor skin lacerations, and a fracture to his lower spinal column. Corzine was on a ventilator to ease the pain of breathing sustained from rib injuries, stated Cooper doctors.

According to the associated press, the Governor lost about half the blood in his body, there was no brain damage or injuries to internal organs, and he is not paralyzed, his doctors said. Later that week, doctors said brain functions were good.

Because of Corzines injuries, State Senate President Richard Cody (D) assumed duties as acting governor until Governor Corzine is able to resume his official duties.

Like all his fellow state workers, Corzine is covered by the state’s medical insurance plan, , but he will not use it to fund his recovery. GovernorCorzine will use his own funds to cover his medical treatment
On April 26, photographs were released to the press, showing the Governor sitting up in a chair in his hospital room surrounded by many stacks of get-well cards. Governor Corzine told the Associated Press photographer, “I’m the most blessed person who ever lived.”
The Governor was released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden on April 30, according to the Governor’s Spokesman Anthony Coley. Corzine will do his physical therapy from the governor’s mansion in Princeton and isn’t expected to walk without a cane or walker for the next few months.As for Corzine returning to his duties, it will be determined on how fast the Governor recovers from his injuries.

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