Written by Carol Comegno, Staff Writer

South Jersey’s most influential Democrat predicted Friday that an agreement will be reached by July 1 on a controversial merger proposal for Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University.

George E. Norcross III told the Courier-Post editorial board that the agreement would include the Rutgers board of governors, Rowan administration and state legislators, hinting a union may take a different form than the proposal advanced by Gov. Chris Christie that would eliminate the Rutgers name in South Jersey.

“I absolutely see consensus and legislation by July for enactment of a conceptual plan,” said Norcross, the chairman of the board of Cooper University Hospital in Camden and a insurance executive.

For a number of weeks, he has taken part in private discussions with high-level Democratic legislators and Rutgers board members in what he calls a “catalyst” role to bring about a more acceptable plan to South Jersey and with it millions of dollars for Camden and the region.


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