Let us all wish New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine well as he recovers from critical injuries suffered in a hellacious automobile crash last night (story is here).
According to the Times story, Corzine was returning to Drumthwacket, his mansion in Princeton, where he was to meet with Don Imus and the Rutgers women’s basketball team after attending the New Jersey Conference of Mayors at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He was being driven to his mansion by state police escort riding in a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV via the Garden State Parkway, which is easily one of the most hellacious thoroughfares in the tri-state area at least primarily because of the insane manner in which people drive on it.
The Times story provides thorough coverage of all of this, of course, but I just want to highlight the item, buried in the story, noting that Corzine probably was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident; this is stated because Corzine did not wear his seat belt in the past (and it should be noted, by the way, that air bags will not deploy on many vehicles unless the driver and any passengers are buckled).
Please, Governor, do all you must to recover; we’ll extend our hopes, prayers and best wishes. But don’t risk your life again by ignoring a safety precaution that everyone else should observe also.