By Bob Considine/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK — The transfer of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s most vital assets to Rutgers University is set for July 1, UMDNJ’s interim president said Tuesday.

Denise Rodgers told members of the Senate and Assembly Higher Education committees Tuesday that the governor’s office has imposed that deadline, despite concerns of UMDNJ supporters and plan detractors who have complained about the lack of financial details in the restructuring.

The plan to move UMDNJ’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the School of Public Health to Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Piscataway by the early summer date — a move supported by Gov. Chris Christie — was met with skepticism at the committee meeting in Newark.

“Does anybody really think in the next four months we’re going to deal with all of these collective bargaining agreements and contractual agreements — does anyone really think it’s feasible?” Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) asked aloud while addressing Rodgers in a meeting at UMDNJ’s Oral Health Pavilion.


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