In his budget address Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie called for implementation of a sweeping plan by a state committee to reorganize higher education, which he said would make New Jersey a national leader in medical education and biomedical research.
"The committee has given us a blueprint for long-overdue reform," Christie said.
But how that plan would be implemented in the next few months remains an open question. Rutgers University’s board of trustees has called a special meeting today to discuss in closed session the legal implications of some of the committee’s recommendations.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Advisory Committee issued its final report last month, calling for Rowan University to take over Rutgers’ Camden campus, Rutgers to absorb three parts of UMDNJ in the New Brunswick-Piscataway area (the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,) and UMDNJ to relinquish management of University Hospital in Newark to a private entity.