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."
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker on Thursday announced upcoming mobile office hour dates. The office hours will provide constituents with opportunities to receive support in matters related to state agencies, voice their opinions on state issues and familiarize themselves with services available through Zwicker's legislative office.
"Mobile office hours give constituents from all over the 16th District the opportunity to ask questions, express their concerns and discuss ways to improve our community," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "These conversations will help shape the future of New Jersey."
Constituents may visit the locations listed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on each of the following dates:
Hillsborough Public Library
379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
Wednesday, September 6
Wednesday, October 4
Wednesday, November 1
Hunterdon County Library
314 NJ-12, Flemington, NJ 08822
Wednesday, September 20
Wednesday, October 18
Wednesday, November 15
Wednesday, December 20
For more information please email AsmZwicker[at]njleg.org or call 609-454-3147.
(TRENTON) – Two bills Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker sponsored to fund farmland preservation were signed into law by the governor on Monday, after receiving unanimous approval in both houses of the legislature.
“Agriculture is one of the largest components of New Jersey’s economy, so supporting that industry is critical for our state,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “Some of the biggest challenges in farming are access to land and capital. These appropriations will help ease that financial burden.”
The first new law (A-4582) provides a total of $32.5 million in farmland preservation grants around the state. The sum includes $4 million in grants for communities in the 16th Legislative District, with $1 million each going to Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties. The legislation also makes each of these counties eligible for additional grants of up to $5 million. In total, the funds would cover up to 80 percent of the cost of acquiring easements for farmland preservation purposes.
The second new law (A-4584) appropriates $7.5 million in farmland preservation grants, including a $500,000 grant for Delaware Township in Hunterdon County.
“Farmland preservation is the foundation of the agriculture industry,” said Zwicker. “In addition to providing direct economic benefits to the entire state, investing in farmland preservation creates stability for New Jersey’s farmers, helps limit sprawl and preserves the beauty of our communities.”