New Jersey Governor John Corzine was critically injured in an automobile accident caused by an apparently reckless driver in front of his car.
He was sitting in the front right seat of an SUV driven by a state trooper. He was not wearing a seat belt. Wearing seat belts is mandatory under New Jersey state law. According to his driver, the Governor never wore a seat belt.
Governor Corzine was formerly co-head of Goldman Sachs, and was a leading Democrat Party fundraiser.
Certainly wearing a seat belt is simple common sense. Some may quarrel with the notion of legislating mandatory use. But when in fact state law requires its use, and the governor of that state ignores that law, we are justified in our scepticism of those who claim to know what is best for us, but apply different standards to themselves.
I regret that the Governor suffers. I do not regret how sharply this incident highlights the hypocrisy of the nannies, who, even as they click their tongues at our behavior, and attempt to prescribe our better behavior, arrogantly ignore their own intrusions on our freedom of choice.
Failure to wear a seat belt is punishable by a fine in New Jersey. Did the state trooper driving the car issue one to governor Corzine?