Corzine release from hospital Monday

| 4/30/2007

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was released from the hospital Monday, two-and-a-half weeks after being critically injured in a wreck.

The 60-year-old Corzine broke a leg, 11 ribs, his breastbone, a collarbone and a vertebra in his lower back when the SUV he was riding in crashed into a guard rail on the night of April 12.

It was later determined that the state trooper who was driving the SUV was doing 91 mph just before the wreck, and that the officer may have been distracted by an e-mail on his cell phone that reportedly accused him of having an affair with another man’s wife.

The trooper – who was wearing his seatbelt – wasn’t seriously hurt. But Gov. Corzine was not buckled up, even though state law requires it.

As he left the hospital, Corzine told a crowd of well-wishers he had set a “very poor example” by not wearing a seat belt, and that he’ll work hard to set a good example in the future.