Rutgers in the Crosshairs: Will Negotiators Stand Their Ground?

          “I feel like I am doing this with a gun pointed to my head,” so reported the Star-Ledger’s Bob Braun March 24th, quoting Rutgers University Trustee Dorothy Cantor on the on the prospect of being forced to trade off the Camden campus in return for the transfer of Robert Wood Johnson medical school to … Read more Rutgers in the Crosshairs: Will Negotiators Stand Their Ground?

New Jersey On Higher Ed: Have we got a Deal for You!

                As short as political memories are, it’s time to invoke the specter of Newt Gingrich and his startling claim at the start of the year that the United States could produce a colony on the mood at no cost to the taxpayers.  Now Chris Christie has one-upped his fellow Republican: we can turn higher … Read more New Jersey On Higher Ed: Have we got a Deal for You!

Jersey Fails to Meet The Crisis in Higher Ed

                Yesterday the National Academies in Washington released a report addressing the crisis in higher education in the United States.  Focusing on the vital assets of colleges and especially public research universities in the states to the nation’s wellbeing, it calls for significant reinvestment in these institutions at the state and federal levels, together with … Read more Jersey Fails to Meet The Crisis in Higher Ed

For Christie in Haddonfield, the Elephant in the Room is Costs

Governor Christie played to a packed house in Haddonfield Tuesday, and even hardened critics like me came away impressed.   He was funny, he was direct, and he came across as authentic: the non-Romney and, perhaps even more striking, the non-Corzine. Without the stridency of some of his fellow GOP governors, Christie managed to seamlessly sell … Read more For Christie in Haddonfield, the Elephant in the Room is Costs

Trading Places: Governor Christie Turns a Blind Eye to Potential Camden Spoils

“Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers, said that even in New Jersey’s checkered political history, it was shocking to find that government officials had taken ‘an institution of higher learning, and a source of health care for thousands of people, and filled it with hacks.’” No, this quote does not come out of … Read more Trading Places: Governor Christie Turns a Blind Eye to Potential Camden Spoils

In Sweeney Bill, It’s Takeover by Another Name

                When South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross met with the Star-Ledger last month to lay out what a “compromise” in the takeover of the Rutgers-Camden campus might look like, he said he was putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.  Now, his chief agent in the legislature, Steve Sweeney, has shown what all the … Read more In Sweeney Bill, It’s Takeover by Another Name