New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine was released from the hospital today, nearly three weeks after suffering near-fatal injuries in an accident where his vehicle was travelling at 91 miles per hour and he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
On his way out of the hospital, Corzine was apologetic to the citizens of New Jersey:
FLORENCE, N.J., April 30 ? Gov. Jon S. Corzine apologized to New Jersey residents Monday as he left the hospital 18 days after a devastating car crash in which he was not wearing a seat belt and was riding in a car traveling at more than 91 miles an hour on the Garden State Parkway.
?I set a very bad example,? said a contrite Mr. Corzine, who broke his left femur and 11 ribs in the accident, speaking from a wheelchair just outside Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J.
His voice breaking with emotion, he added: ?I hope the state will forgive me. I will work very hard to set the right kind of example.?
A nice sentiment, but then there was the trip home to deal with:
Today, after his brief comments, Mr. Corzine got into a dark GMC Savana van that he purchased in the last few days and had specially modified for his wheelchair. He left the hospital in a six-car caravan that included a black state police Crown Victoria, a Chevrolet Suburban like the one he had been riding in on April 12, a Mercedes station wagon and two other cars.
No one in the motorcade used emergency lights, as his driver had been doing at the time of the accident. They kept to a pace of about 70 miles per hour, even though the posted limit is 55 on the stretch of Interstate 295 that leads to Drumthwacket, the governor?s official mansion in Princeton, where Mr. Corzine will spend the next stage of his recovery
Hopefully, he was at least wearing a seatbelt this time.