On Jan. 25, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accepted and endorsed the final report of the UMDNJ Advisory Committee which recommended, among other things, that Rutgers-Camden be merged into Rowan University.  The entire Rutgers-Camden community, including the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, stands opposed to the proposed takeover of Rutgers-Camden. 

We welcome the greater resources and autonomy that have long been withheld from Rutgers-Camden, and which the Advisory Committee’s proposal seeks to provide.  We believe, however, that these goals can be achieved more effectively and efficiently through a mutually beneficial partnership with Rowan, in which both Rutgers-Camden and Rowan maintain their distinct identities, and Rutgers-Camden remains part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The proposed takeover of Rutgers-Camden has generated public dialogue and wide controversy.  A recent poll of New Jersey residents revealed that those opposing the takeover outnumber those in favor of it by more than a two-to-one margin. South Jersey’s political and community leaders have begun to express support for the partnership alternative.  New Jersey State Senator Donald Norcross, for example, recently endorsed the idea of a partnership, maintaining that “it is vital that the Rutgers brand stay in Camden.”  The School of Law community – alumni, faculty, students, staff, and families – looks forward to working with Sen. Norcross and other legislators to advance this concept.

Whatever ultimately happens, however, the Rutgers Board of Governors has passed a resolution pledging that all current Rutgers-Camden students, as well as those admitted for next year – including law students – will graduate with a Rutgers degree.  

Listed below are links to statements opposing the proposed takeover of Rutgers-Camden, including the School of Law, from the Rutgers-Camden Law Alumni Association, the Rutgers-Camden Law faculty and both the New Jersey and Camden County Bar Associations.  Also listed are links to the Advisory Committee’s final report and to the Rutgers-Camden page related to the proposal.