NJ governor signs university merger bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a major higher education reorganization bill on Wednesday, a hard-won political and policy victory that eluded two prior governors and is designed to create regional centers of academic excellence in South, Central and North Jersey, the Associated Press reports. Christie, a Republican, lauded the achievement with stops in Newark, New Brunswick and Camden, the three cities most affected by the legislation. The actual bill signing happened at Rutgers University’s main campus, with remarks and ceremonial signings in the North and South. Christie, 49, who is slated to give the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, planned to cap the day with a town hall-style event in Salem County. Christie said the bill “brings a new era to higher education in the state” by dissolving the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and shifting its assets to Rutgers and Rowan universities and enhancing the footprint of both schools…

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