New Jersey's state Senate president is calling to eliminate the Rutgers Board of Trustees, one of two boards that controls the state's flagship public universities.

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State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the duties of that board can be transferred to the more powerful Board of Governors. He introduced a bill Tuesday to make the change.

The Board of Trustees has 80 members. The Board of Governors has 11 voting members plus seats for the university president and representatives of the students and faculty.

Sweeney says the current structure "waters down accountability."

Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he supports the change as Rutgers takes over two medical schools and is expected to undergo rapid change in coming years.


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