That's what the Ledger reported last night, based on a new press release. More details are needed before everyone can get a feel for this. Why did UMDNJ reverse course? Are they finally seeing the inevitable as a foregone conclusion? Were there any backroom deals or concessions made? Did the St. Barnabas takeover of University Hospital finally go through? Regardless of the causes, this issue remains the highest possible priority for Rutgers University, as a successful merger has the potential to significantly improve the university's prestige and resources, along with the stumbling New Jersey economy.