January Update

15 January 2021

Dear Friends: 

A New Year marks a new beginning and I would like to share exciting news! Petra Gaskins has joined my team as Chief of Staff after serving in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman where she was Director of Outreach and Programming for the 12th Congressional District. Here’s a link to the press release:


Petra joins my ongoing staff of James Cacciola, Legislative Director, and Pam Hersh, Communications and Outreach Director, both of whom have dedicated much of their time in the past 10 months responding to challenges connected to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

We are a team that strives to listen to your concerns, helps you find solutions to issues related to state services, and are eager to hear your opinions about what I can do in the Legislature to improve the quality of life for all New Jerseyans.

Please never hesitate to reach out to us - no issue is too minor and all points of view are worthy of consideration. ([email protected])

This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and state offices will be closed. While the pandemic may prevent many in our community from volunteering in person this year, there are ways to serve our neighbors in the spirit of Dr. King. Socially distanced service includes donating food to a local pantry, making care packages for the homeless, or supporting organizations that mentor youth, among others. Make it a day on, not a day off!

Take care, 

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District


Thank You – Holiday Veterans’ Donations Drive:

I want to thank all of you who helped out our veterans by donating to the New Jersey VFW, which will be disseminating the personal care items and clothing accessories to VFWs throughout the 16th Legislative District. Your generosity netted hundreds of items plus cash donations. I can tell you that the veterans were so appreciative of the gifts and fiscal support, but also the fact that you cared enough to reach out to them at this time of the year.


Vaccination - Registration Available; Individuals 65 Years Old and Above Now Qualify for Vaccine; and No Out of Pocket Costs for Vaccine:

As of Thursday, January 14, individuals who are 65 years old and older, plus individuals 16 through 64 years of age with chronic health conditions, will be eligible to receive the vaccine. The federal government is releasing more doses, and the state has established 259 distribution locations - this includes the six mega sites. Registration is necessary https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/.

If you pre-registered and are now eligible, you will be receiving an email assigning an appointment. The state will be announcing vaccine availability for the general public when enough supplies are available.

The vaccine is free for all participants with or without insurance.



Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebate:

The Senior Freeze application deadline has been extended to February 1, 2021. Because the COVID-19 pandemic poses ongoing challenges to taxpayers in obtaining the necessary paperwork from local governments to complete the application, there may be many eligible seniors who have not yet taken advantage of the Senior Freeze this year.


Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC):

MVC has expanded significantly its on-line service options. Check the NJ MVC online services page to see if you can "Skip the Trip" to the agency. Transactions that can be done online will not be available in person at this time. The Motor Vehicles Commission adds thousands of appointments online every day for those few transactions that do require a visit.


More Financial Support for the Unemployed:

Unemployed workers will begin receiving $300 in supplemental unemployment benefits beginning the week of January 16, for their first week of eligibility under the expanded CARES Act. The $300 weekly benefit, known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), is in addition to regular unemployment payments and is for anyone eligible for any amount of unemployment from any federal or state program.