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NJ official calls to eliminate 1 Rutgers board

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's state Senate president is calling to eliminate the Rutgers Board of Trustees, one of two boards that controls the state's flagship public universities.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the duties of that board can be transferred to the more powerful Board of Governors. He introduced a bill Tuesday to make the change.

The Board of Trustees has 80 members. The Board of Governors has 11 voting members plus seats for the university president and representatives of the students and faculty.

Sweeney says the current structure "waters down accountability" and makes change harder.

The university and its boards have been mired in controversy since April, when a video was made public showing its then-basketball coach berating and hitting players.