By Gloucester County Times Editorial Board

Rutgers Camden
Staff photo by Lori M. NicholsCandis Jones, of Philadelphia, walks by the Rutgers University-Camden campus earlier this year.
Apparently, fools really do rush in where angels fear to tread.

The uproar over Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed “merger” — a takeover, actually — of the Camden campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, by state-related Rowan University illustrates why politics and education don’t mix.

In January, Christie announced a limited realignment of the state’s higher education facilities which would grant control of the troubled University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rutgers and, in some kind of trade-off, give Rutgers-Camden to Rowan. Details — the how and why — were unclear at the time and haven’t surfaced since.


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