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Christie backs UMDNJ overhaul Barer sees research, business benefits to mergers

Gov. Chris Christie today endorsed a major overhaul of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University. The changes would improve the state’s research climate, as well as business-university ties, according to Sol Barer, chairman of the advisory committee that recommended the changes. The UMDNJ committee report recommended focusing UMDNJ in ...

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Guadagno: Vitech bringing ‘exactly the type of job’ NJ work force is seeking

Insurance and benefit software company Vitech Systems Group Inc. announced Monday it is expanding its Northeastern footprint with a new location in the Iselin section of Woodbridge. The company expects to occupy its 20,000-square-foot, built-to-suit office in April, relocating 50 jobs from its New York headquarters and hiring 50 additional employees. Vitech spokeswoman Karen Stevenson ...

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N.J.’s fight for sports gaming moving to Washington

The effort to legalize sports betting in New Jersey could get much-needed attention on Capitol Hill, as two Garden State congressmen prepare bills that would lift the federal government’s ban on the practice. One of the lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-Long Branch), was scheduled today to announce legislation that would exclude New Jersey ...

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Pipeline deep, but tax credits run short

The deadline for businesses to apply for Urban Transit Hub tax credits is a year off, but the Economic Development Authority’s chairman has ordered a fiscal analysis to determine what’s left in the bank as the pipeline of projects awaiting review grows deeper. An exact picture of the finances may be complicated, though, by ongoing ...

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Forging stronger bonds between businesses, universities

The Chris Christie administration wants to build stronger ties between higher education institutions and businesses — and observers are hoping the governor revisits a proposal to do just that. A bill Christie recently declined to sign would have required universities to create a list of their assets, including research, which would be available to the ...

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A growing distinction

When Raymond J. Lesniak speaks during legislative hearings, people tend to listen. The Democratic state senator from Elizabeth — first elected to the body in 1983, after five years in the Assembly — has built a reputation as someone who gets bills passed. That distinction has increasingly become important to the state’s business community, as ...

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Paid leave a positive for economy, survey finds

Paid family leave offers a healthy economic return, according to a study released today by researchers from Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work and the National Partnership for Women & Families. The study, using data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics between 1997 and 2009, showed women who used paid leave report stronger ...

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