Denise Rodgers told lawmakers at a hearing in Newark that work was ongoing to merge some of the University of Medicine and Dentistry’s most successful pieces with Rutgers University by summer. "There is a desire by the governor’s office to meet that deadline," Rodgers said.Whatever you may think of the rest of the medical education reorganization plans, this is wonderful news. UMDNJ-New Brunswick must rejoin Rutgers University without a moment's delay. It should not become bogged down in debate over what is going to happen to Rutgers-Camden. That article also documents UMDNJ's demand for a $220m ransom for the future Rutgers Medical School. Negotiating 101 is to shoot for the moon as a starting point, but it is essential for the Governor to hold his ground and not divert any funding to Newark. Update: here's some more from the meeting in Newark yesterday.