There were no protests or organized chants Wednesday at Rutgers University at Camden, but instead, the sounds of camera shutters and applause.
With one fell swoop of a pen, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a historic higher education restructuring bill Wednesday that will give Rutgers University a medical school and give Rowan University a research university designation.
The legislation — previously a controversial and ambiguous bill that was subject to multiple amendments — is expected to be an economic boon for New Jersey, keeping its students competitive with a global market and, overall, creating a stronger higher education system.
“This is a legacy day for the State of New Jersey,” said state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney, D-3 of West Deptford Township. “This action today is probably the single most significant action that this state has taken in the last, at least, several decades.”