Jersey Proud: The greatest bar bet in Garden State history

It was Sept. 30, 1956, when Thomas Fitzpatrick made a drunk bet at a New York City bar that he could go over the GWB to New Jersey and be back in 15 minutes.

News 12 Staff

Oct 1, 2021, 2:35 AM

Updated 928 days ago

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It was Sept. 30, 1956, when Thomas Fitzpatrick made a drunk bet at a New York City bar that he could go over the GWB to New Jersey and be back in 15 minutes.
It seemed impossible, but Fitzpatrick stole a plane from Teterboro Airport and flew back to New York – landing the plane near 191st Street.
He then did it again two years later after someone claimed he was lying.


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