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"I'm New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and I should be dead."

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, from his public service announcement released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Corzine was critically injured in a car accident six weeks ago. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. You can view the whole ad below...


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Comments (9)

This is a very good ad. I ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

This is a very good ad. I hope he follows his own advice from here on.

That sucks. Is he going to ... (Below threshold)

That sucks. Is he going to fully recover, or is he permanently dependent on those crutches?

Rumor has it that he suffer... (Below threshold)

Rumor has it that he suffered a femur fracture. You can bleed to death from them suckers and never see a drop of blood outside the body. He'll probably make a full recovery, long and painful, and can really be called bolts and nuts for quite a while. Send him a can of WD-40 to keep them lubercated.

He should be apologizing fo... (Below threshold)

He should be apologizing for paying off his ho to the tune of millions, then paying her off even more by giving her union a sweetheart deal.

NJ is what happens when you give ibs complete control.

Interesting how NO ONE in t... (Below threshold)

Interesting how NO ONE in the press, no politician, has pointed out that Corzine risked the life of everyone else on that stretch of road by doing 91 miles an hour (26 over the limit) at rush hour. And for what? To get to a photo op with a foul-mouthed radio personality and the college basketball team that he insulted. Get a grip, people!

Not a fan of the Governor, ... (Below threshold)

Not a fan of the Governor, but this action raises him a notch. I trully believe he learned a valuble lesson. ww

I've got to agree with S... (Below threshold)

I've got to agree with Sam on this one. Yes, Corzine will "belt up" the next time he's chauffered to an official state function, but anyone think he's going to tell his driver to slow down? Once someone has an "I have to be there NOW!" attitude, it never really goes away. And something about this ad reeks of PR, spin and a "people will remember this at reelection time" motivation.

Yes, Corzine will "belt ... (Below threshold)

Yes, Corzine will "belt up" the next time he's chauffered to an official state function
Now that's funny.

If Corzine were honest (I know, he's a NJ politician and that's asking too much, but bear with me) he would say, "Do as I say, not as I do. Seatbelts for the masses."

Don't underestimate the hum... (Below threshold)

Don't underestimate the humbling effect that an accident like this can have. I shattered my femur doing some reckless skiing a few years back. I had it coming: just the week before I was racing a friend of mine, and when we reached the bottom he said, "man, we could have killed ourselves there!" to which I responded with enthusiasm, "yeah!" It's funny, but the progression towards recklessness came slowly and gradually, reinforced by the luck of escaping injury and the rush of adrenaline.

I have to say I've never felt such excruciating pain in my life, and it was only because I live in the 21st century and had an excellent doctor that I wasn't in traction for months. Instead I had reconstructive surgery, 11 weeks of crutches, and several months of recovery. Now it is not obvious to anyone that I was ever injured unless they see the long scar up the side of my thigh.

What has persisted is a far lower tolerance for physical risk---and maybe even some irrational fear as well. I certainlyy don't ski fast or take big jumps anymore. I really don't drive that fast. And I can't stand watching those internet videos of people wiping out on their skateboard or bike or whatever.

So I know I can't speak for Jon Corzine, but his injuries were worse than mine, and I have to guess that he is a changed man at least in some respects. Not that he'll suddenly go Republican or anything :) But he may very well change his behavior in this limited regard.






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