TRENTON, NJ - Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, (D-16th) is co-sponsor of a measure that passed the Assembly Thursday urging Congress and the President of the United States to enact legislation ensuring students have access to debt-free higher education at public colleges and universities.
The cost of college has risen more than 250 percent over the last three decades while income for typical families grew by only 16 percent, making it difficult for a student to graduate without debt, as reported by the White House.
PRINCETON, N.J. - Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) toured UTC Aerospace Systems Sensors Unlimited on Thursday.
Zwicker led a roundtable discussion on creating jobs and growing New Jersey’s economy with innovative technologies. Sensors Unlimited is a major supplier of shortwave infrared technology, products and imaging solutions.
The tour and roundtable, one of many Zwicker is having, highlighted the importance of high tech industries to fuel economic growth and job creation. Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, listened to what the business needs to continue to grow and be successful.
“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 Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16th, one of 32 sponsors of the bill.
The bill 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.
The bill applies to loans issued under the NJCLASS program - New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students – which helps cover college costs not already covered by other sources of grants, scholarships and loans. The program offers low-cost rates on supplemental loans to New Jersey residents attending an eligible in-state or out-of-state school, as well as out-of-state students attending a school in New Jersey.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16,will seek a second two-year term in the state Legislature next year.
“I am declaring that I am running for office next year,” Zwicker said. “I feel like I am just getting started.”
The township resident and physicist for the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab won the seat last year, defeating GOP incumbent Donna Simon by just over 70 votes.
(SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced three 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.”
Flemington Office Hours
Wednesday, September 28th, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hunterdon County Library
314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822
South Brunswick Office Hours
Wednesday, October 12th, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
South Brunswick Public Library
110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Somerville Office Hours
Wednesday, October 19th, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Somerville Public Library
35 West End Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876
By Andrew Schmertz
The Assembly Committee on Higher Education made quick work of correcting what lawmakers say is an embarrassment of New Jersey’s student loan program.
“We had a tragedy where a student was murdered — a New Jersey resident was murdered — and the state filed a lawsuit against the family for the student loan,” said Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.
The student was Kevin DeOliveira. Despite his death, the state’s Higher Education Student Assistance Agency, or HESAA, demanded his parents, who co-signed the loan, repay it in full.
So on the first day back in session after the summer, state lawmakers moved on a bill to strip the state of the power to collect in certain, rare circumstances.
“It says very simply that upon the death of a student that the loan will be forgiven,” Zwicker said.
Assembly Dems Bill Forgiving Student Loan Debt in Event of Borrower's Death or Permanent Disability Advances
Preparing to testify before the Assembly Higher Education Committee in support of A-2761, which forgives student loan debt in the event of a student borrower's death or total and permanent disability.
Assemblyman Zwicker with High School and College Interns
(SKILLMAN) — September 6, [AZ1] 2016 —the Office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Monmouth) enabled 20 high school and college students to participate in constituent service and local community outreach activities this summer while also providing them with the opportunity to earn college credits and community service hours. They each had the opportunity to witness the legislative process, tour the state capital, and attend Assembly voting sessions and hearings. The program allowed students to work closely with constituents, sharpen their research and writing skills and learn a multitude of office skills.Read more
The new law (S-166/A-3901) establishes the Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force, which is charged with reviewing past flooding events within Hunterdon and Somerset counties from flooding of the Delaware and Raritan rivers and their respective tributaries, and recommending measures to reduce future impacts from flooding on residents, businesses, and local government units in the Delaware River and Raritan River basins.
"While the Delaware and Raritan rivers afford Somerset and Hunterdon county residents many benefits, they also pose serious threats when it comes to flooding," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon). "Towns like Bound Brook are finally getting long-awaited relief from the Army Corps of Engineers project, but there are still many other towns like Manville and Rocky Hill that have been dealing with flooding for decades.