Looks like we have a little situation going on in the Garden State. NY Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who onced rushed for a living, gave rush hour new meaning on the Garden State Parkway, as reported in today’s Wall Street Journal. Of course, as Governor Chris Christie opined, this was a dumb thing to do – particularly on the part of the two State Troopers who escorted the drag racing divas converting public roads into a private game of chicken with citizens’ lives at stake.
I’m glad this story came to light as it helps solve a mystery my wife and I have wondered about. Particularly over the past few years, we’ve periodically witnessed – both on the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway – times when a State Trooper was doing a “lazy S” weave back and forth across the highway, limiting the ability of any cars to pass. Traffic was being intentionally held to about 20 MPH, but without any apparent reason. We’d listen to the radio traffic reports – but no mention of an accident or reason for the slow down. When the rate limiting trooper peeled off to let traffic resume its normal pace, there was no evidence the rest of the way to explain the need to hold back the herd.
Though I’d rather believe the troopers’ motives were pure, it isn’t hard to imagine after reading this story that the road was being cleared for sporting purposes.