Distractions aside — and the Rutgers-New Brunswick athletic department is admittedly one big distraction — the limited Rutgers/Rowan/UMDNJ merger is on target for July 1.

Locally, we’ve been paying more attention to a multi-county, shared-services jail “merger” that seems to have become something less. Recall that the state higher education restructuring was whittled down, too, and started out as a plan where Rowan University in Glassboro would “eat” Rutgers’ Camden campus, including its prestigious law school.

A lot of complaining, followed by a lot of compromise, turned the proposal into a workable blueprint whereby the two universities will stay separate but collaborate on their considerable joint interests in health education.


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