Today during my bar exam review class my phone started going crazy. After weeks of relative silence on the Rut-Row merger, news had finally broke. I kind of wish I had asked Senator Norcross to drop the bill on a Friday when I met with him a few weeks back, because this 87 page bill is really going to cut down on my studying time!
Press releases from former governors, state senators, state assembly members, trade unions, Rutgers officials, and media types have been flowing like a river all afternoon. The only politico I have yet to hear from is Governor Christie, who I think will want to steer clear of this topic until absolutely necessary. Just as a matter of observation, if you look at all of the press releases, you’ll notice that Senator Sweeney is largely being credited with the formation of this compromise plan. Governor Christie’s name is no where to be found in black and white.
So I’ve been getting texts and emails all day asking when I am going to go through the bill. So this post is to let everyone know at once, I am working on it. In fact, I am taking a study break to read through the bill right now! As is always the case with these things, the devil is in the details. Some are saying that the bill in its current form is unconstitutional. Some are saying it is a merger by another name. So check back soon for a full analysis of the bill, which you can read yourself right here