Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, lead sponsor of a bill that would have allowed 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election provided they will turn 18 on or before the succeeding general election (A-3591), issued the following statement Friday after the governor vetoed the legislation:
"This year alone, more than 23,000 young people who will be eligible to vote in November were unable to participate in the June primary. This bill, which received bipartisan support in both the Assembly and the Senate, presented an opportunity to change that scenario and empower thousands of new voters in future elections. It simply was about making our democracy more fair by ensuring that everyone who can vote in a general election would have a say in nominating who appears on the ballot.
"Our goal - regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof - should be to encourage more people to engage in the process of choosing who represents them. Leaders in a number of states have enacted legislation similar to the 'New Voter Empowerment Act', because they understand how important that idea is. This veto is a step backward for New Jersey that only serves to discourage young voters and discount the value they can bring to the democratic process."
Assemblyman Zwicker with Ben Reytblat, CEO, and the 3DMonstr TeamRead more
Office of Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
Assemblyman Zwicker Set To Tour Local Manufacturer
WHAT: On Thursday, August 11, 2016, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker will tour 3DMonstr and Leigh Imaging and have a round table discussion with executives and employees. 3DMonstr is a start-up company developing and using the latest three-dimensional printing technologies for manufacturing and Leigh Imaging is a long-time industry leader in conventional imaging and printing. They currently have 12 employees. The roundtable discussion will focus on what New Jersey needs to do to attract and grow innovative companies to create jobs.
WHO: Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
Ben Reytblat, CEO
Peter Dawson, President
WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Tour will begin at 1:30 pm.
Roundtable discussion will begin immediately after tour.
45 Everett Drive, Suite 130
Princeton Junction NJ
45 Everett Drive, Suite 100
Princeton Junction NJ
To attend or for additional information please contact Joe Forte at 732-713-3716 or at [email protected]
Andrew Zwicker is an Assemblyman representing the 16th Legislative District. Assemblyman Zwicker is a PhD. physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab where he works on developing fusion energy and heads their science education program.
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Cleopatra G. Tucker, Andrew Zwicker, Pamela Lampitt, Angela McKnight and Joann Downey that would give New Jersey veterans affordable housing assistance preference has been signed into law.
The law (A-2088) ensures that New Jersey veterans and surviving spouses receive priority status for affordable public housing. Specifically, the law requires the Division of Housing and Community Resources in the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in consultation with the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to provide preferential status to veterans who qualify for public housing assistance.
“To fight so hard for the country you love only to come home and find that you no longer have a place in it is simply beyond the pale,” said Mukherji (D-Hudson), who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve following the 9/11 attacks. “If this legislation helps keep a roof over the head of even one vet, then it’s well worth doing.”
“We do not ignore the sacrifices that our fighting men and women make on the front lines for our freedoms,” said Tucker (D-Essex). “We should not find ourselves ignoring them when they return home. Our returning veterans deserve affordable housing, and hopefully this will go a long way toward addressing that fact.”
“No one who served in this nation’s military should be without a home,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “By making public housing more accessible to veterans in New Jersey, our state can act on its obligation to end homelessness among veterans.”
“When veterans who have fallen on hard times are trying to get back on their feet, simply having a place to call home can be a major source of stability,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “This legislation can help get veterans in New Jersey off the streets and on the road to permanent housing.”
“Particularly for veterans who may be dealing with joblessness, disabilities, post-traumatic stress and other challenges, finding safe, affordable housing can be a struggle,” said McKnight (D-Hudson). “This law is about showing reverence for their service and making an effort to ensure one of their most basic needs is met.”
“Too many service members return to civilian life to find they have no home and feel like there’s nowhere to turn,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “With this legislation, New Jersey is answering the call of those who didn’t hesitate when our nation called on them.”
Under the law, public housing is considered to be any housing project in the state financed by the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, public housing authorities, redevelopment agencies and the DCA, when it is acting as a public housing authority.
The measure received unanimous approval from both houses of the legislature.
Zwicker Bill to Expand Primary Voting Rights, Encourage Youth Participation in Elections Heads to Governor
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio, Tim Eustace, Arthur Barclay, Angela McKnight and Raj Mukherji that would allow more young New Jersey residents to participate in elections recently received approval from both houses of the legislature. It now awaits the governor's consideration.
The bill (A-3591), the "New Voter Empowerment Act," would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election provided they will turn 18 on or before the next succeeding general election.
"Young people in New Jersey are eager to raise their voices and make a difference," said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). "More than 23,000 of them will have a birthday after the primary but before the general election. Under this legislation, they would be able to vote in both elections. It's an important step forward to fully empower thousands of new voters every year."
The Delaware River and Raritan River basins have a long history of flooding during storms. The most notable of these flood events in recent history occurred during Hurricane Sandy, and it caused millions of dollars in damage. In my District, Manville Borough was very severely impacted, and there are still homeowners there trying to figure out how to move forward. It is clear, however, that this problem is too big for one municipality to solve. I was glad to sponsor this bill because I believe the regional task force will create accountability and leadership to get this done.Read more
(SKILLMAN) – Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced two dates on which constituents who are unable to visit his 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.”
Hillsborough Office Hours
Wednesday, July 13, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hillsborough Public Library
379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Montgomery Office Hours
Thursday, July 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mary Jacobs Memorial Library
64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553
For questions about the Mobile Office Hours, or for any other concerns, please contact Zwicker’s District Office by calling 609-454-3147 or by emailing [email protected].
McKeon, Zwicker & Houghtaling Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals with Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Goes to Governor
"Many New Jersey residents employ the use of guide and service dogs to help them with daily tasks which increases their independence," said Zwicker (D- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). "The only way to ensure service and guide animals are accepted in all places with their owners is to make it law."
Bill Stems From Christie Administration's Decision To Settle With Exxon For $225 Million Despite Asking For $8.9 Billion In Damages
Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John F. McKeon and Andrew Zwicker to ensure that money received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction gained approval from an Assembly panel on Monday.
The bill is in response to Gov. Christie's decision last year to settle with Exxon Mobil for a fraction of what the state asked for in damages for contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in northern New Jersey. The decision has been chastised and many critics have accused the governor of quietly settling to use the money to balance the budget.
"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of money received from environmental lawsuits is reserved for damage restoration."
"Money from environmental penalties should go toward environmental cleanups," said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Hunterdon/Middlesex). "This is a simple concept designed to protect residents."
The bill (A-2844) would amend the state budget to provide that one-half of all amounts of environmental lawsuit recoveries received by the state, in excess of $50 million, is deposited into the Hazardous Discharge Site Cleanup Fund and are appropriated for the direct and indirect costs of remediation, restoration and clean up.
These appropriated funds also would be available to cover consulting, expert, and legal service expenses incurred in pursuing claims for damages and grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to further implement restoration activities of the Office of Natural Resource Restoration in the Department of Environmental Protection. Without the enactment of this bill, all amounts of natural resource recoveries and associated damages recovered by the state in excess of $50 million during the fiscal year would be deposited in the State General Fund as general state revenue.
The bill was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.