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Christie to Sign Higher Education Merger Bill

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Bill will include raising Rowan University's status to a research university.

The Associated Press has learned the bill signing will be in New Brunswick, but the governor also plans stops in Newark and Camden - the three cities most affected by the measure.

The bill gives Rutgers University a coveted medical school and elevates Rowan University to a research university.
 
The legislation paves the way for shifting the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rutgers and Rowan.
 
It also links Rowan and Rutgers-Camden for joint science collaborations, but does not merge the two, which was a deal-breaker for some.
 
Christie promoted the changes for months before the Democrat-led Legislature agreed.
 
South Jersey Democratic Party leader George Norcross III added his muscle to the bill.