More Opposition Surfaces To Rowan Takeover of Rutgers-Camden

By John Ostapkovich

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — One day after students at Rutgers University in Camden staged a satirical play to protest the idea of turning Rutgers-Camden over to Rowan University (see related story), the takeover plan is taking a drubbing on a couple of additional fronts today.

One new knock is a poll from the Rutgers-Eagleton people, who find that New Jerseyans dislike the idea of the Rowan takeover by a margin of 57 percent to 22 percent.

South Jersey respondents were no more supportive than those in other regions of the state.

The poll did not ask about portions of the Governor Chris Christie’s plan in which Rutgers would gain.

This survey result comes on the same day as Rutgers-Camden supporters were planning to rally on campus in advance of the university’s board of governors’ meeting there (see related story).  Dozens of people have signed up to speak on the merger issue.

The university’s president has already come out against the loss of Rutgers-Camden (see related story), although not against the additions to Rutgers that are also part of the sweeping plan.

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