Governor Jon Corzine is the third consecutive elected Governor of New Jersey to break a leg while in office.
In 1999, Christine Todd Whitman broke her leg while skiing in Switzerland, after attending the World Economic Forum. She had surgery there to place a steel plate in her leg.
James E. McGreevey broke his leg in 2002 while walking on a beach in Cape May with his then-wife, Dina Matos McGreevey. He had surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. McGreevey was also involved in several automobile collisions while serving as Governor.
In June 1961, Republican gubernatorial candidate James Mitchell broke his leg after falling in his hotel room around 1:30 AM at the Cherry Hill Inn following a Camden County Republican dinner. Mitchell, who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Eisenhower administration, was forced off the campaign trail for nearly a month, and spent the rest of the race on crutches and with limited campaign appearances.
Mitchell had begun the campaign with a big lead over Democrat Richard Hughes, a Superior Court Judge from Mercer County. Hughes turned out to be an aggressive and likeable candidate, and while Mitchell still led (albeit just barely) in late October, Hughes was able to win the general election by almost 40,000 votes.