Christie: Rutgers Should Get Much of UMDNJ

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would like to hand much of New Jersey's public hospital system and medical school over to Rutgers, the state-run university.

Governor Christie wants Rutgers to take over three of the largest and best regarded components of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey are located very close to the flagship Rutgers campus in New Brunswick.

The high-profile schools could potentially bring millions of dollars to Rutgers, which doesn't have a medical school.

But opponents said the move would leave the remaining parts of the hospital system in low-income communities in Newark and Camden with even less means to support themselves.

Governors James McGreevey and John Corzine both proposed even more extensive mergers with Rutgers, but those efforts died from lack of political support.

Christie says he'll submit a plan to the Legislature to begin the merger process. So far, he hasn't said what the move would cost — or how much it would eventually save.