Bill to dismantle Rutgers’ trustees board initially finds favor with Christie

MOUNT LAUREL – Gov. Chris Christie indicated Tuesday he supports a piece of legislation that would eliminate Rutgers University’s Board of Trustees.

The governor referred to the university’s governing structure as “confusing and not in compliance” with how the majority of the country’s public universities opt to govern themselves. Christie told reporters here he had yet to read the bill that would dismantle the trustees and give power to the college’s other governing body, but said it could be something he supports.

“Given what I’ve been told about it that sounds like something I’d be supportive of,” Christie said.

The statement comes a day after Senate President Steve Sweeney discussed his proposed bill and said “it’s time” to eliminate the trustees. Sweeney’s bill would grant all governing power to the much smaller Board of Governors.

Rutgers is at the heart of a major reorganization of higher education scheduled to be in place by July 1.  It also came under fire earlier this year for how its leaders handled a controversial video of a former coach verbally and physically abusing basketball players.

Bill to dismantle Rutgers’ trustees board initially finds favor with Christie