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Historic mansion becomes New Jersey governor's rehab center after car crash

Historic mansion becomes New Jersey governor's rehab center after car crash

Gov. Jon S. Corzine, badly injured in a car crash, plans to spend the next several months recuperating at a two-story white mansion near Princeton University.
Corzine, 60, arrived at the mansion, Drumthwacket, on Monday after spending 18 days in Camden hospital following his April 12 crash.
It was uncertain when Corzine would return to work as governor. Fellow Democrat Richard J. Codey, the state Senate president, has been working as the acting governor.
Corzine fractured his left thigh and broke 11 ribs, his breastbone and other bones in the April 12 accident. He was riding unbuckled in the front passenger seat when his SUV, driven by a state trooper at 91 mph (146 kph), was clipped by a truck and slammed into a guard rail near Atlantic City.
Drumthwacket _ Celtic for "wooded hill" _ has been home to New Jersey's governors and official state receptions since 1982. Bedecked with six white columns, it was built on 300 acres (121 hectares) upon which the 1777 Battle of Princeton was fought.
The governor is using the building's private second-floor residence area, bringing in a portable wheelchair lift to help him get between floors and installing exercise equipment to help with therapy. He plans to heat an outdoor pool and use video conferencing to communicate with his staff in the Statehouse.
Previously, Corzine had split time between Drumthwacket and his apartment in Hoboken, near New York City.


Updated : 2021-06-18 00:47 GMT+08:00