Two days after unveiling plans for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s medical schools, Gov. Chris Christie came to sell it to the New Jersey Hospital Association.
"We took over a situation that had become so unmanageable over a period of two decades," Christie told the group during a luncheon in Princeton. "There was no putting Humpty Dumpty back together."
"I have spent too much time in my life for the past decade dealing with past sins of UMDNJ," said Christie, who investigated waste and abuse at the Newark-based medical school as U.S. Attorney.
After years consideration by several governors, a committee appointed by Christie came up with a blueprint for scaling down and renaming the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The school would be stripped of its primary teaching hospital, and several schools currently under UMDNJ would gain autonomy.
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