Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and leaders from various local faith communities on Sunday called for increased action in the fight against climate change and the effort to protect the environment.
"Good schools and safe neighborhoods for our children are important, but even the best education and the cleanest streets aren't enough if our kids are drinking contaminated water and breathing polluted air," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "Any plan to secure a brighter future for the next generation has to include a focus on the environment."
Concerned citizens from across the 16th Legislative District gathered at the North Branch Reformed Church in Bridgewater to discuss the common obligation among people of different faiths to care for the planet.
"There is no option but unity when it comes to standing up for the earth we share," said Zwicker. "Regardless of race, color or creed, the state of the environment affects us all."
In addition to Christian, Jewish and Muslim houses of worship in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties, the following organizations sponsored the event: the Raritan Valley chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, Food and Water Watch - New Jersey, GreenFaith, Green Muslims, Jersey Re-news, the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Raritan Headwaters Association, the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club.
Lawmaker Partnering with Division of Consumer Affairs to Protect Seniors
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker will host two fraud prevention seminars in October to educate the public on common scams aimed at senior citizens.
"As our state seeks new ways to crack down on perpetrators who prey on New Jersey's older residents, we also must equip seniors with the tools to recognize and respond to scams appropriately," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "These seminars will help ensure that fewer senior citizens are susceptible to identity theft, online misrepresentation and other common categories of fraud."
The lawmaker will partner with the Division of Consumer Affairs to hold events at senior residential facilities within the 16th Legislative District. A Consumer Affairs representative will be available to discuss various types of fraud, including telemarketing fraud and nuisance robocalls, and provide tips on how seniors can protect themselves.
The first seminar will be held on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Independence Manor Hunterdon, 188 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ 08822. Parties interested in attending should RSVP directly to Independence Manor by calling 908-788-4893.
The second seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at noon at Foothills Acres, 39 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844. Parties interested in attending should RSVP directly to Foothills Acres by calling 908-369-8711.
A job fair Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker hosted Wednesday drew job seekers to Branchburg to explore opportunities with employers in the Central Jersey region.
"In a competitive, 21st-century global economy, navigating the job market can be difficult. I'm glad that my office was able to provide a forum for job seekers and employers to meet face-to-face," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "I was encouraged to see so many people - from recent graduates seeking a foot in the door to the long-term unemployed looking to get back on their feet - come out and explore their options. I'm also grateful to have had the cooperation of local small businesses and other employers, who are the backbone of our economy, in planning and executing the job fair."
More than 50 employers from various sectors discussed available opportunities during the event at Raritan Valley Community College, which attracted more than 100 job seekers.
The job fair follows the lawmaker's recent tours of manufacturing facilities within the 16th Legislative District, experiences he notes have fortified his understanding of the economic needs of businesses and workers alike.
"A job is more than just a means of earning a paycheck. It's also about using your unique blend of knowledge, skills and experience to make a positive contribution to the world," said Zwicker. "The talented men and women from throughout the state who participated in this job fair serve as a reminder that New Jersey's most valuable asset is its workforce."
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker will host a job fair Wednesday in Branchburg.
"Employers seeking talent should look no further than New Jersey, a state with a well-educated, well-trained workforce made up of men and women who are eager to put their skills and knowledge to use," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "This event will connect people who are searching for a job or want a change in jobs with new opportunities."
The job fair will be held on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College, located at 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876. The event will take place in the gymnasium in the Physical Education Building on the main campus of the college. Parking will be available in Lot 2 and throughout the campus.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the free event and network with local recruiters for opportunities with public and private entities within the Central Jersey region.
Interested parties may contact Joe Forte via email at AsmZwicker[at]njleg.org or by phone at 609-454-3147 with inquiries. Note, however, that no RSVP from job seekers is required for attendance.
A list of participating employers is available here.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs to organize a Thursday claims clinic for local veterans.
"Veterans and their families have made so many sacrifices for our nation," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "We have an obligation to help them navigate the complex benefits system so that they receive the benefits they've earned."
The Veterans Claims Clinic will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hunterdon County Library, located at 314 NJ-12, Flemington, NJ 08822. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m., and light refreshments will be served from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The clinic will allow veterans and their dependents to learn about benefits and entitlements, submit a claim for benefits or check the status of a pending VA claim. Lillie Nuble, director of the VA's Newark office, will be available to assist individuals with their VA benefits claims.
"It is my privilege to do all I can to serve these courageous men and women and their families," said Zwicker. "This forum will provide veterans in our area with a personalized, one-on-one consultation about their benefits claims in a convenient location."
Interested parties may contact Joe Forte of Assemblyman Zwicker's office at 732-713-3716 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset) issued the following statement regarding the Assembly Judiciary Committee's recent joint hearing with the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on NJ Transit operations:
"Reform is long overdue in a transit system where hostile workplace environments, discrimination and patronage hiring threaten passenger safety and undermine public confidence.
"Conditions described at Friday's hearing again spotlight the governor's failure to take action on this issue.
"Safety must be the first priority at NJ Transit for the sake of employees and passengers alike. More diligence is needed in implementing positive train control and other means of making mass transit safer for commuters. And, safety goes beyond proper equipment. A large part of ensuring the well-being of New Jersey's public transportation network is fostering a culture where workers are respected and do not fear retribution for reporting unsuitable conditions. Unfortunately, the allegations we heard Friday show that NJ Transit has a toxic culture that jeopardizes passengers' safety."