If the plan does gain legislative approval, or Christie issues an executive reorganization plan, it would need approval of the Rutgers Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, according to Rutgers officials.
But Christie said that’s "open to legal interpretation," and warned that Rutgers can either accept the plan for all three campuses together, or not at all.
"Let me make something very clear," Christie said. "It all happens, or none of it happens. This is not a divisible plan."
— Well then
. I don't think it's open to legal interpretation, but Christie could easily kill the UMDNJ merger if Rutgers says no to Camden. Therefore, whatever the cost, Rutgers has no choice but to say yes. It's too bad for Camden, but Rutgers has to look out for the bottom line and number one. All they can do now is extract concessions from Christie that funds won't be diverted to Camden. MAYBE Rutgers can also try to extract additional concessions, whether financial (RU-Camden shouldn't be used to bail out Norcross's folly of building a medical school that Rowan couldn't afford), or to rescue a law school that wants absolutely nothing to do with Rowan under any circumstances.
Some may be willing to try to call Christie's bluff. I am not. Not with what is at stake.