New Jersey State Senator's Courier-Post op ed from earlier in the week simply must be seen to be believed, if only to count the number of sheer, outright falsehoods that it contains.
Rutgers Camden's chancellor is citing this op-ed as evidence that George Norcross is willing to accept a regional consortium with Rowan, but this Bob Braun column clearly evidences that is not really true.
No, what Donald Norcross is trying to do is float a proposal where the combined institution would keep the Rutgers name, or be called Rowan-Rutgers, or something of the sort, to blunt growing public opposition. Which is a complete non-starter as far as Rutgers is concerned, so it deserves to be taken as seriously as the rest of Norcross's scurrilous claims: not very. The funding disparity between Rutgers-New Brunswick and the Newark and Camden campuses didn't happen by accident. If the latter two covet the prestige of Rutgers-New Brunswick as much as they seem to claim, and the state legislature has no intention of increasing funding, then they have no choice but to accept the will of the Rutgers-New Brunswick. The main campus simply calls all of the shots due to the university governing structure, and have earned that status as New Jersey's public research university.
The Rutgers-Camden/Rowan merger is clearly happening for all of the wrong reasons, but in spite of that, there is some logic behind it beyond building a power base for Norcross and paying for all of the debt Rowan built up building his medical school (which Rutgers first turned down several years back.) Every time the two Norcross brothers open their mouths and spout more blatant lies about the merger, it just makes their cases that much worse though. That being said, there is some merit to the case that its critics haven't really given a fair shake too, and the carrot of a medical school in New Brunswick clearly make the deal a win for Rutgers even if they would prefer not to lose the Camden campus.
Update: it seems like this analysis is correct. Donald Norcross's proposal is essentially a non-starter then.