Expanding Rutgers governing board up for N.J. Senate vote

New Jersey lawmakers are pushing ahead with plans to add four political appointees to Rutgers University’s governing board despite a report questioning whether the move is constitutional.The Senate on Thursday is expected to approve Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s bill that would expand the board of governors from 15 voting members to 19.

Sweeney is expected to amend the proposal so that he and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto won’t directly control any appointments.

The revised proposal will grant the governor the power to appoint four additional members, with two being recommended by the Senate president and Assembly speaker.

The changes come after the Legislature’s lawyers said the original proposal may have been illegal.

The Assembly Budget Committee is also set to consider the measure Thursday.

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