I was hoping this was an April Fool's Day prank. Alas, it's still with us on April 2.
So let me get this straight. An institute of higher education -- the university that runs around proclaiming itself THE State University of New Jersey, even though there are other state universities in New Jersey -- not only pays $32,000 to an idiot, but to an idiot who has become rich and famous for trashing our state's reputation to the world. And an idiot who isn't even from New Jersey, no less.
Rutgers University's defense is that the university didn't invite her to speak there -- some students did. And the students paid for her two-hour appearance themselves, not using university funds.
If this is truly the case, then all I can say is: It's time to up your admission standards. Set the bar somewhere above moron, please.