Newark residents ripped into New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's plan to reorganize the state's public universities and medical and dental school at a public hearing Tuesday.
Most of the criticism of the merger, according to Colleen O' Dea, editor-at-large for NJ Spotlight, has centered on the proposed merger of the Rutgers-Camden campus with Rowan University,
But another part of the plan calls for merging three of the hospital system's units with Rutger's New Brunswick campus.
"This is the first time that there was any inkling that there was real concern over the Newark portion," O'Dea said. "The portion that would restructure the University of Medicine and Dentistry, in Newark."
Residents expressed concerns about whether the plan would diminish the hospital system's role as a teaching facility and questioned how the merger would impact patient care, she said.
The next public hearing on the proposal will take place in Camden.