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Cooking up a Rut-Row merger alternative

Only one side is at the table

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.