The faculty strike at Rutgers University is set to stretch into its third day Wednesday without a resolution, though both Gov. Phil Murphy and union leadership said Tuesday there were positive developments in the first two days of closed-door negotiations.
“Some progress has been made,” Murphy said during his radio show Tuesday night on WBGO in Newark, without detailing what that includes. “To use a word used by one of the Rutgers labor representatives, there are enormous complexities.”
“There’s a lot of wood to chop,” he added. “I’m an eternal optimist. We’re going to keep everyone at the table.”
The Democratic governor also suggested the state could provide more aid to Rutgers to cover possible contract increases, though he did not get into specifics. He has said a goal is to avoid tuition hikes on students.
“As a general matter, yes,” Murphy said when asked if there’s something New Jersey could do with the state budget to step …