By Mike DeNardo

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey’s first new medical school in 35 years is now open in Camden.

Governor Chris Christie (fourth from left in top photo) joined legislative leaders in cutting the ribbon on the gleaming new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Christie reached across the political aisle to credit Democratic power broker and Cooper board chairman George Norcross III (fifth from left) as the driving force behind the new $139-million building.

“Without his commitment to this, it simple wouldn’t have happened,” said the governor. “No matter what else you hear from anybody else who stands behind this podium, it wouldn’t have happened without George.”

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The school is so modern that there’s only one lecture hall.  Students will learn mostly from working on hypothetical patient cases and interacting with actual patients.

The schools’ first fifty students begin August 13th.

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