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Zwicker Supports Legislature's Creation of Delaware-Raritan Flood Task Force

The Delaware River and Raritan River basins have a long history of flooding during storms.  The most notable of these flood events in recent history occurred during Hurricane Sandy, and it caused millions of dollars in damage.  In my District, Manville Borough was very severely impacted, and there are still homeowners there trying to figure out how to move forward.  It is clear, however, that this problem is too big for one municipality to solve.  I was glad to sponsor this bill because I believe the regional task force will create accountability and leadership to get this done.  

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Zwicker Announces Montgomery and Hillsborough Mobile Office Hours

          (SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced two dates on which constituents who are unable to visit his District Office may seek in-person assistance from his legislative staff.

          The off-site office hours will give constituents the opportunity to receive support in matters related to state agencies, voice their opinions on state issues and familiarize themselves with services available through Zwicker’s office.

“Our goal is to make ourselves accessible to constituents, no matter where they live in the district,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “I encourage residents to bring their questions and concerns to these mobile office hours.”

 

Hillsborough Office Hours

Wednesday, July 13, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Hillsborough Public Library

379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

 

Montgomery Office Hours

Thursday, July 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

 

For questions about the Mobile Office Hours, or for any other concerns, please contact Zwicker’s District Office by calling 609-454-3147 or by emailing AsmZwicker@njleg.org.


McKeon, Zwicker & Houghtaling Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals with Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Goes to Governor

"Many New Jersey residents employ the use of guide and service dogs to help them with daily tasks which increases their independence," said Zwicker (D- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). "The only way to ensure service and guide animals are accepted in all places with their owners is to make it law."


 

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Dwight Morrow High School Commencement Address

I had the distinct honor to deliver the commencement address at my alma mater, Dwight Morrow High School, earlier this week. I remember sitting right where those students were, proud and hopeful for the future. They inspire and motivate me every day:

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McKeon & Zwicker Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Bill Stems From Christie Administration's Decision To Settle With Exxon For $225 Million Despite Asking For $8.9 Billion In Damages

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John F. McKeon and Andrew Zwicker to ensure that money received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction gained approval from an Assembly panel on Monday.

The bill is in response to Gov. Christie's decision last year to settle with Exxon Mobil for a fraction of what the state asked for in damages for contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in northern New Jersey. The decision has been chastised and many critics have accused the governor of quietly settling to use the money to balance the budget.

"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of money received from environmental lawsuits is reserved for damage restoration."

"Money from environmental penalties should go toward environmental cleanups," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Hunterdon/Middlesex). "This is a simple concept designed to protect residents." 

The bill (A-2844) would amend the state budget to provide that one-half of all amounts of environmental lawsuit recoveries received by the state, in excess of $50 million, is deposited into the Hazardous Discharge Site Cleanup Fund and are appropriated for the direct and indirect costs of remediation, restoration and clean up.

These appropriated funds also would be available to cover consulting, expert, and legal service expenses incurred in pursuing claims for damages and grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to further implement restoration activities of the Office of Natural Resource Restoration in the Department of Environmental Protection. Without the enactment of this bill, all amounts of natural resource recoveries and associated damages recovered by the state in excess of $50 million during the fiscal year would be deposited in the State General Fund as general state revenue.

The bill was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Zwicker Introduces Resolution Reaffirming State’s Commitment to Equality, Liberty for All People

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(TRENTON) – In an effort to restore civility to public discourse and urge a reconsideration of the beliefs shaping public attitudes nationwide, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker has introduced legislation condemning bigotry and hatred.

            “People of all faiths, backgrounds, and political ideologies are drawn to New Jersey because of our fundamental commitment to respecting one another. That is a defining characteristic of this state,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “In the midst of national discussions that are increasingly divisive, the people of New Jersey continue to show the world that diversity is an asset, that we can disagree without being disagreeable and that the twin evils of bigotry and hatred have no place here.”

The resolution condemns bigotry and hatred, denounces an increase in hate crimes and declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all New Jersey residents must be protected and preserved. Zwicker cited a need to embrace tolerance in an effort to build a more inclusive society as the driving force behind the legislation. 

Zwicker was attending an American Muslims for Democracy event when he spoke with a South Brunswick resident named M. Basit Qari.  Mr. Qari was among many who expressed concern about growing levels of intolerance.  As he explained, “It is heartening to see Assemblyman Zwicker's leadership in promoting this anti-bigotry and anti-hatred resolution, celebrating New Jersey's various dimensions of diversity. It strengthens my trust in citizen-centered democracy.”

“I commend Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker for his leadership in standing against bigotry and hatred.  We must always show mutual respect for each other, and never allow our differences to lead to violence or any other form of harm. Instead of seeing diversity as a problem or cause for division or hatred, we must celebrate it as a gift that adds to reverence for all human life,” said Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Coalition for Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund in Princeton. 

 “Standing against hate and intolerance is a strong value of the Jewish community and one shared by our faith-based community partners,” said Mark S. Levenson, president of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations. “We are proud to stand with Assemblyman Zwicker and speak out together as people of conscience to embrace mutual respect for our diversity.”

 “Our state’s motto – ‘Liberty and Prosperity’ – and our national motto – e pluribus unum, or ‘out of many, one’ – are inextricably linked,” said Zwicker. “A commitment to liberty and prosperity for everyone in New Jersey begins with the recognition that, no matter where we’re from or who we are or what we believe, our fates are tied.  We are one New Jersey, just as we are one nation. Our state, now more than ever, must continue to act with that notion at the forefront.”