What's behind the Lautenberg-Norcross fight?
March 31, 2012By WHYY Staff
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey has been feuding in public this week -- both with Republican Governor Chris Christie and with his fellow Democrats. Lautenberg called for the Education Secretary to investigate Christie's plan to merge Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University.
Yesterday, Governor Christie called Lautenberg a "partisan hack."
Lautenberg also has been trading barbs with South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, who as the chairman of the board of Cooper University Hospital, is a prime backer of the Rowan-Rutgers merger.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney signed an open letter accusing Lautenberg of a "callous disregard" for South Jersey.
To make sense of this we turn to Brigid Harrison, political science professor at Montclair State University.