About Andrew

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker represents New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.  Andrew is a lifelong New Jersey resident, a physicist, and the Head of Science Education at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. In his role at the Lab, where researchers are developing an advanced form of energy, he has worked with hundreds of teachers and students, inspiring professionals and the next generation in the promise of technology. The American Association of Physics Teachers named him as one of the country’s top 75 “Leading Contributors” to physics education.

Andrew also is well experienced in business operations, having managed a $1 million annual budget and a diverse staff over many years. Recently, teaming with tech sector leaders, he helped spearhead a novel public-private partnership focused on developing green energy. He has always served the public, whether by communicating complex scientific concepts, assisting a tech start-up, or coaching his childrens’ sports teams. Now, Andrew is employing his unique background and skills to build a brighter future for New Jersey residents. 

Raised in Englewood, NJ, where he graduated from Dwight Morrow High School, he went on to receive his B.A. in physics from Bard College, and his M.A. and Ph.D., both also in physics, from Johns Hopkins University. His post-doctoral work focused on fusion energy research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and internationally. Andrew is also an academic advisor at Princeton University, an academic-athletic fellow for the women's soccer team, a part-time lecturer in the Princeton University Writing Program, and the President of the Princeton Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Additionally, he is the Editor for the newsletter, Physics and Society, a publication from the American Physical Society where he is also a Fellow. Andrew is also on the Board of Directors of the Research and Development Council of NJ.

Andrew lives in Kingston with his wife, Barbara Golden, an elementary school educator in Hillsborough Township, along with their family, and their dog, Rocky.