Corzine celebrates in the Ironbound

NEWARK – Gov. Jon Corzine reveled with members of the 29th Legislative District at the 29th annual Portugal Day Festival in the Ironbound on Sunday.

The massive, two-day event, which was founded and organized by businessman Bernardino Coutinho, father of Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, featured the parade on Sunday afternoon and the participation of Portugal’s secretary of state.

Corzine marched with Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Newark), North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, and School Advisory Board Chair Sammy Gonzalez.

Assemblyman Coutinho emceed the event from a stage set up at the eastern end of Ferry Street. As the marchers prepared to walk west on Ferry, the assemblyman mentioned unhappily the absence of his father, who went to the hospital shortly before the start of the parade.

"I know he’s going to be all right for one very simple reason," Coutinho told the crowd. "Because this is what he loves."

On Monday, Bernardino Coutinho – who may have suffered from heat exhaustion – was stable and undergoing tests at the hospital. Corzine celebrates in the Ironbound