Officials in Newark say it's important that the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey remains a major presence in the city if the school is merged into Rutgers University.

Mayor Cory Booker, State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and other local officials held a news conference Friday to express their concerns over the consequences of a merger.

They say that they want a careful review process of the merger plan and will oppose any changes to the school that hurt the city's economy.

Gov. Chris Christie wants to fold UMDNJ's New Brunswick-based schools into Rutgers. He's asked for more study on what that would mean for UMDNJ's schools and hospital in Newark. Recommendations are due next month.

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