In the Battle to Take Over Rutgers-Camden, Christie has his own Agenda

As the battle over the proposed takeover of Rutgers-Camden has evolved, the origins of the idea among South Jersey Democrats has been increasingly clear.  So when reports surfaced that Democratic leader George Norcross was in negotiations for a “compromise,” it appeared that a breakthrough in the contentious battle was imminent.  Then Governor Christie stepped in … Continue reading In the Battle to Take Over Rutgers-Camden, Christie has his own Agenda

What’s Behind the Takeover Proposal? We’re Getting Closer to the Truth

Reactions to the dissemination of the Rowan plan to take over Rutgers-Camden have been almost as revealing as the document itself.  Choosing his words carefully, no doubt, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak responded, “If a consultant was hired to consider the upsides, downsides, and feasibility of such a merger, that just seems like good planning.”  Quite … Continue reading What’s Behind the Takeover Proposal? We’re Getting Closer to the Truth

Rowan’s Battle Plan to Take Over Rutgers-Camden

Some time in the fall of 2011, Rowan University made a fateful decision. After some months of discussions with Rutgers-Camden personnel about how the two institutions could best ally their resources to secure greater financial support for higher education in South Jersey, the conversations stopped. Now we know why. Instead of working out a mutually … Continue reading Rowan’s Battle Plan to Take Over Rutgers-Camden

How Rowan Would Effect the Takeover of Rutgers-Camden

Rowan has released its “roadmap” for the takeover of Rutgers-Camden.  In making the announcement today, Rowan acting president Ali Houshmand complained about the tone of public discussion. “A lot of people have been engaged in throwing a lot of mud at Rowan, insulting this institution, and it’s hurtful,” he said today on KYW radio. So … Continue reading How Rowan Would Effect the Takeover of Rutgers-Camden

In Camden, it’s takeover all over again

The same forces that orchestrated the state takeover of Camden in 2002 are behind the current plan to create a major research university  through the merger of Rutgers-Camden into Rowan: South Jersey Democrats headed by George E. Norcross.  Just as the municipal recovery legislation garnered grand promises of Camden’s revitalization, so too this latest effort … Continue reading In Camden, it’s takeover all over again