(SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced two dates on which constituents who are unable to visit his Skillman 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.”
South Brunswick Office Hours
Wednesday, February 22nd, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
South Brunswick Public Library
110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Flemington Office Hours
Wednesday, March 8th, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hunterdon County Library
314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822
It has been a busy start to the new year, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017. It is hard to believe that at this time last year I was just starting in the legislature. As a physicist, I had a lot to learn about the world of politics, and this past year certainly has served as a crash course.
During the past 12 months, I have talked to residents of all 14 towns that make up my district, including parents, mayors, local business owners and police chiefs. Additionally, we have assisted numerous families navigate their way through the bureaucracy of state agencies with regards to medical bills, student debt, housing, and tax refunds. We have hosted mobile office hours throughout the district, a job fair for hundreds, a state agency resource fair, and hosted a food drive.
As a scientist, my goal is to grow the "innovation" economy in our state, creating high-quality and high-paying jobs for people of all backgrounds and education levels. As always, everything I do is based upon my guiding principle of making decisions based on evidence rather than ideology or political expedience.
As my second year begins, I encourage you to continue to contact me. We are available to assist you with any issues, and I look forward to hearing your opinions regarding proposed legislation or helping you navigate any problems with state and local agencies.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-454-3147. I look forward to serving you in the legislature this year.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
Skillman — Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (LD-16) is currently seeking college and high school students to serve as winter and spring interns in his district office in Skillman, New Jersey.
Interns in Assemblyman Zwicker’s district office will participate in constituent service and local community outreach activities, while having the opportunity to earn college credits. They will also have the opportunity to witness the legislative process, tour the State Capital, and attend Assembly voting sessions and hearings. The program will allow students to work closely with constituents, sharpen their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of valuable office skills.
“Students have a unique opportunity to experience democracy in action as interns in a legislative office,” said Zwicker. “Interns gain valuable knowledge about both state and local issues and an understanding of the inner workings of a district office. I encourage all college students to consider applying for this rewarding experience.”
Assemblyman Zwicker currently serves as a member of the Regulated Professions, Judiciary, and Telecommunications and Utilities committees.
Students who are interested in interning in Assemblyman Zwicker’s district office for the spring semester, should submit a resume and cover letter by Friday, January 20, 2017 to:
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
Attn: Joe Forte
By email to: AsmZwicker@njleg.org
Donations to Support Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset County Food Banks
(SKILLMAN) – The legislative office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker has collected hundreds of non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks.
The food drive Zwicker’s office launched last month yielded more than 250 donations, which will be distributed to Arm in Arm, the Flemington Food Pantry, the Mercer Friends Food Bank, the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and the South Brunswick Department of Social Services.
“The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time of year for those who are struggling to make ends meet. Contributions to this food drive will help provide meals to people in need and remind them that their community cares,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “I’m grateful for every generous individual who donated food that will make a difference in the lives of so many.”
“It's wonderful that our elected officials realize the great need in our community and are supportive of our efforts to assist residents at risk of hunger,” said Marie Scannell, executive director of the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.
“We are so thankful for the generosity of Assemblyman Zwicker’s office and their constituents for collecting food for the South Brunswick Food Pantry! We assist approximately 100 families per month in our food pantry,” said Jeanne Wert, director of the South Brunswick Department of Social Services.
“On behalf of everyone at Arm in Arm, I thank Assemblyman Zwicker and his team for hosting this food drive and reminding us that we can end hunger and food insecurity in our local community when we work together,” said Carolyn Biondi, executive director of Arm in Arm. “We are so grateful for the food donations, which will help keep our pantry shelves stocked this holiday season.”
Assemblyman Zwicker was recently featured in NJTV's Coverage of the Joint Committee investigation of NJ Transit Security:
"After the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia a year and a half ago, officials explained that PTC would have automatically slowed that train down if it had been equipped. An Amtrak expert explained the technology.
“Amtrak has spent a little over $100 million to date on PTC. There’s three aspects of it — there’s a carbon part that goes on the locomotives, there’s a part that is on the wayside along the tracks that is interconnected with the signal system on the railroad and then there’s a back-office piece,” said Amtrak Senior Manager of Positive Train Control George Hartman.
An assemblyman who is a physicist asked why it’s taking so long.
“You describe some of the difficulties, but in the end technically it doesn’t sound particularly difficult. Google has a self-driving car,” said Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker."
Assemblyman Zwicker was featured in NJ.com's coverage of the Army Corp of Engineer's decision to not perform a flood control project in Manville Borough:
"Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset) also supported the Commission, suggesting that the Corps' decision is based on the value of homes, not the value of lives destroyed and interrupted by flooding.
"Our government is supposed to work for everyone, not for the few or for the privileged," he wrote. "By turning their backs on Manville, the Army Corps of Engineers has put people last. Manville is a community, not simply numbers on a spreadsheet. Their ruling is, quite simply, wrong."
Bill to Help Spur Innovation & Economic Growth through Higher Ed & Business Partnerships Continues Advancing
Assembly-approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer, Mila Jasey, Gordon Johnson, Andrew Zwicker, Thomas Giblin and Joann Downey to create a commission comprised of higher education and business professionals to study and strategize on best ways to foster innovation, job growth and economic development in the state was advanced Monday by a Senate panel.
The bill (A-1668) would establish the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnerships in the Department of State. The commission would be comprised of: the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, the Secretary of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Authority, 12 members appointed by the Governor, and four members of the public appointed by the leaders of the Senate and General Assembly.
"Our institutions of higher education, our businesses and our industries have a stake in the growth and prosperity of our state," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon). "The brainpower is there. Let's tap into that wealth of knowledge and build a culture of innovation that will make not just our economy, but our higher education institutions and our industries stronger."
Bill Forgiving Student Loan Debt in Event of Borrower’s Death or Permanent Disability Signed into Law
Legislation has been signed into law that will forgive certain student loan debt in the event of a borrower's death or total permanent disability, a measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Andrew Zwicker, Mila Jasey, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gary Schaer, Patricia Jones, Tim Eustace, Bruce Land, Reed Gusciora, Bob Andrzejczak, Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Raj Mukherji.
"Imagine you're a family who always pays their bills, has good credit and then you lose a child and in the midst of your grief, you're saddled with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in their remaining student loan debt," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "That's just something we can't allow to happen on our watch."
"To expect a student's family or other survivors to pay their college loan debt in the event of their death is cruel and unacceptable. We can do better than that," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon).
The new law (S-743/A-2761) directs the state Higher Education Student Assistance Authority to forgive certain student loans in the event of a student borrower's death or total and permanent disability and grant deferment for temporary total disability.Read more