Those opposed to a shotgun wedding of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan universities likely are heartened by my colleague James Osborne’s story in today’s Inquirer, describing one-sided efforts to craft a compromise that would retain Rutgers in South Jersey.
But it’s premature for merger opponents to sip champagne.
Particularly when merger proponents are still enjoying what could be Kool-Aid.
At Rowan, the administration (if not the faculty or university community) continues to contemplate preliminary steps to take over/absorb the Camden campus. And why not? Rowan was assured earlier this week that Chris Christie is determined to make his proposal a reality.
Meanwhile, the governor has been busy running in a bumper car race-to-the-bottom against vintage U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, who recently re-ignited their feud by asking the feds to “review” Christie’s merger scheme.