Gov. Corzine, who used a walker to take a few steps last week at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, switched yesterday to forearm crutches, spokesman Anthony Coley said.

Corzine, 60, fractured his left thigh and broke 11 ribs, his breastbone and other bones in an April 12 crash of his SUV on the Garden State Parkway. He was operated on three times, and a metal rod was inserted to stabilize his leg.

While doctors say Corzine has been recovering nicely, he faces a long rehabilitation. He's likely to need crutches or a cane for six months.- AP