Among those accomplishments is what Christie calls his crowning achievement this year ? pushing through the restructuring of higher education, sending the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's medical, nursing and dental schools to Rutgers University and the School of Osteopathic Medicine to Rowan University.
Even though the final product is very different from his initial proposal ? Rowan is no longer taking over the Rutgers-Camden campus ? Christie said he's happy with what he got.
"At the end of the day what I wanted was a stronger Rutgers in New Brunswick, a stronger Rutgers in Camden or higher education institution in Camden, however it took form, and I wanted to get rid of UMDNJ, because it was an abject failure," Christie said. "It seems that I checked all three boxes."
Seems Christie, like the Essex Democrats, are taking the pragmatic stance of saying the compromise is a win for them rather than focusing on what they didn't get. For Christie I assume he can check of the "Placated George Norcross" box. For now.