Written by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press

TRENTON — They’re two state universities with campuses 20 miles apart. One has a law school and business school. One has schools of education, business and engineering and a medical school that will hold its first classes this year.

Neither did more than about $8 million worth of research per year.

But merge Rowan University and Rutgers University’s Camden campus into one school — as Gov. Chris Christie is pushing — and that figure nearly doubles. The new school would be one of about 70 in the country with all five of those major programs and would be New Jersey’s second public comprehensive research university with the potential to add new programs and educate more students in southern New Jersey, a place with a shortage of college seats.


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