“Extraordinary Measures,” a movie based on the life of New Jerseyan John Crowley, will open in theaters tonight. Crowley, 41, was a Bristol-Myers Squibb executive twelve years ago when he found out his 15-month-old daughter and four-month-old son had a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease. He wound up leaving to head up a series of biotech firms and has raised a reported $200 million for research of genetic diseases. The movie stars Brendan Fraser (as Crowley), Harrison Ford and Keri Russell.
Crowley came close to entering the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 2008, and is considered a possible candidate against incumbent Robert Menendez in 2012. If he wants to run again, he might consider dumping one of his political advisors, the massive ego formerly known as Bill Spadea. The 2004 congressional candidate reached the pinnacle of his annoyance this week when he sent out an e-mail (from his campaign headquarters) that politicized the tragic plight of a Hopewell family whose daughter remains missing in Haiti. In an extraordinarily classless way, urged his supporters to write to Menendez and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and tell them they need to do more to help this family find their daughter. Republicans might have complaints with the two Democratic Senators, but criticizing them on their concern about Haiti makes Spadea look small.