Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Fasten your seatbelts

NJ's Buono offers advice

Fasten your seatbelts

Republicans often accuse Democrats of favoring a "nanny state" -- a popular, if less-than-affectionate, slang term for big, instrusive government.

But when it comes to wearing seatbelts, Dems in the Garden State seem to enjoy flouting Big Nanny. Big time.

New Jersey gubernatorial hopeful Barbara Buono, (D., Middlesex), was riding, sans seatbelt, in the back seat Monday when she was slightly injured in a traffic accident in Franklin Township.

Her driver was reportedly at fault, but Buono -- who described herself the next day as doing fine  -- tweeted a mea culpa of her own, urging New Jerseyans to "wear a seatbelt no matter where you're sitting."

And in 2007, then-Gov. Jon Corzine was critically injured in a crash as he was being driven-while-unbuckled on the Garden State Parkway. The one-term Democrat also apologized and urged everyone to buckle up.

But Corzine's public service announcement couldn't hold a candle to the ultimate in seatbelt advisories, delivered by the peerless Bette Davis in the 1950 cinematic masterpiece All About Eve.

Enjoy the video, below.

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