By David Madden

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – Look for the battle to stop a planned merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University to be stepped up a notch, with a newly formed non-profit group raising money to make its point in the court of public opinion, even as they prepare for a possible legal fight.

Law professor Allan Stein is in charge of “Save Rutgers Camden” and they have a web site that’s taken in what he says are hundreds of donations.

While he won’t discuss how much the group has raised, he says, “we have enough to start a fairly aggressive print and Internet campaign and we’ll see whether we’re able to do something in broadcast as well.”

The message: the plan backed by Governor Chris Christie is badly flawed and does more harm than good. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Governor to see how he will implement the consolidation plan. Should he use an executive order, the group plans to sue, claiming state universities are separate institutions that cannot just be taken over whenever a governor feels like it.

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