The head of the state police, Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, has recommended Rasinski be suspended without pay for up to five days for breaking department rules. State police have yet to release the police report from the accident and refuse to release a report by the accident review board that determined Rasinski had made mistakes.
Corzine noted those findings, but still credited Rasinski.
"In the midst of the accident he did everything he possibly could do to protect me and the other people in the car," Corzine said. "It was very clear that he did that and I think it could have been a lot worse if he hadn't been as able as he was."
Rasinski and a Corzine aide also in the car suffered minor injuries.
Corzine was not wearing a seat belt and was tossed from the front to the back of the SUV, breaking 15 bones. He spent 18 days in the hospital, eight on a ventilator, and had three surgeries.
Corzine, who recently moved from crutches to a cane, told WCBS his recovery was progressing.
"I'm moving around," Corzine said. "I'm not out jogging or anything at this stage, but I think we're well ahead of the kinds of schedules that were laid to me and were first discussed, and the doctors tell me I'm doing very well and I'm very blessed to have recovered as well as I have."
Corzine has released a public service announcement urging people to wear seat belts and said today he would continue to concentrate on traffic safety. He vowed to sign a recently passed bill that would both allow police to freely ticket drivers for talking on a hand-held cell phone and ban sending text messages while driving.
"I feel very strongly that we need to do that," Corzine said. "There are a lot of safety issues that need to be addressed, speed being one of them, and distractions while driving causes a lot of problems, so I will be happy to sign this bill and work on traffic safety in the future."