TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) accepted the first draft of recommendations from an advisory committee that suggested turning over the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the School of Public Health to Rutgers University.

Supporters claim that moving the schools from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) will not only encourage bio-tech job growth in Central Jersey, but also make Rutgers more attractive to candidates for the school's soon to be vacant presidency.

Christie says the interim report allows him to get some of the transitions, including the ones requiring legislative support, under way immediately. A final report will be out by the end of the year.