Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker Physicist and member of the NJ General Assembly proudly representing the 16th Legislative District. Chair of the Science, Innovation, and Technology Comm

You can learn more about me on my Wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Zwicker

Operating as usual

10/08/2020
Trenton Renewables

Trenton Renewables

What happens if we just throw food away? What happens if we sustainably and responsibly recycle it? Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker has the answers – he talked about it during a recent trip and tour of our facility.

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I hope you will take a few moments to donate to my Fall Food Drive.  Details are bel...
10/04/2020
Virtual Food Drive, sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I hope you will take a few moments to donate to my Fall Food Drive. Details are below.

Dear Friends:

In early spring, as the pandemic shut down life in New Jersey and unemployment and food insecurity soared, I asked all of you to participate in a virtual food drive by making a donation to the food banks throughout the 16th Legislative District. Today, even though New Jersey has cautiously reopened, food insecurity remains a daily issue for so many.

I am asking once again for your help in a Fall Virtual Food Drive.
https://yougivegoods.com/district16-fooddrive

Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, projects a 56 percent increase in New Jersey’s food insecurity rate as a direct result of the pandemic. About 13.5 percent of our residents are expected to be foodinsecure by the end of 2020 and that is higher than the expected increases nationwide and in neighboring states. This translates to an additional 430,000 New Jersey residents becoming food insecure—a total of 1.2 million food insecure New Jerseyans.

https://yougivegoods.com/district16-fooddrive

For this Fall Food Drive initiative, you can make a donation to the food bank of your choice within the 16th Legislative District or to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

We have partnered with YouGiveGoods, which will deliver the food items to the food banks. You also can make a monetary donation directly through the foodbanks’ websites; the links to the various food banks are provided on the website.

The food drive will run through November 16, ending in time to get the items to the food banks for distribution before Thanksgiving.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.

https://yougivegoods.com/district16-fooddrive

With gratitude,

Andrew

Click here to purchase an item for donation!

My latest piece on growing NJ's 'Innovation Economy.' @njspotlight"Innovative companies are best positioned for rapid, f...
09/15/2020
Op-Ed: Making NJ's innovation economy a top priority | NJ Spotlight

My latest piece on growing NJ's 'Innovation Economy.' @njspotlight

"Innovative companies are best positioned for rapid, flexible growth, which will be vital to getting our neighbors back to work in good-paying jobs that last"

The best employers are the innovative companies developing treatments, equipment and applications that we can use to better understand and fight COVID-19.

09/11/2020
09/07/2020

The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.” – John F. Kennedy

Happy Labor Day to all.

09/02/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

My thoughts before we passed the Ballot Cures Act that is now law. #VBM #SafeSecureVoting #EveryVoteMatters #Vote #ElectionsHaveConsequences

"What we’re doing today is making it easier for people in New Jersey - regardless of political party - to vote, in what is undoubtedly the most important election of our life," said Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker on his Ballot Cure act passing the full Assembly Thursday

Speaker Craig Coughlin
08/31/2020

Speaker Craig Coughlin

#ICYMI Several bills were signed into law Friday to make it easier for residents to vote-by-mail by installing more drop-boxes around NJ, making the system more efficient, educating voters on the process, etc. This will help ensure safe ways for people to vote this Fall.

Zwicker, Benson & Conaway “Ballot Cure Act” to Protect Voting Rights Heads to Governor - Insider NJ
08/28/2020
Zwicker, Benson & Conaway “Ballot Cure Act” to Protect Voting Rights Heads to Governor - Insider NJ

Zwicker, Benson & Conaway “Ballot Cure Act” to Protect Voting Rights Heads to Governor - Insider NJ

Zwicker, Benson & Conaway “Ballot Cure Act” to Protect Voting Rights Heads to Governor Measure to Require Notice of Ballot Rejection, Provide Voters with Remedies   (TRENTON) – Bolstering efforts to keep democracy safe during coronavirus and beyond, Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Dan Bens...

The attack on our postal service is an attack on our democracy. We must do everything we can to fight for our constituti...
08/22/2020

The attack on our postal service is an attack on our democracy. We must do everything we can to fight for our constitutional right to vote. #EveryVoteMatters

New Jersey Assembly Democrats
08/21/2020

New Jersey Assembly Democrats

Bipartisan-Sponsored Bill (sponsored in-part by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight) to Replace ‘Freeholder’ Title with ‘County Commissioner’ Now Law: https://bit.ly/3j2kXHp

Here is my latest opinion piece on voting by mail this November."Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican or...
08/20/2020
Legislator: Voting by mail is safe, secure and we can make it easier to do | Opinion

Here is my latest opinion piece on voting by mail this November.

"Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Unaffiliated, the foundation of our democracy is the right to have your vote counted. Yet, the ability to do so and to do it safely during a pandemic is under attack."

Here in New Jersey, we will do everything we can to make sure that your vote is counted.

08/13/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

“Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated, the cornerstone of our democracy is the right to have your vote counted. The Ballot Cures Act is addressing the issues that are in front of us in these unprecedented times.” #EveryVoteMatters

"The number of people who are going to choose to vote by mail is expected to be at a level we have never seen before," says Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker on The Ballot Cure Act. "In the end, regardless of political party, the cornerstone of our Democracy is the right to have your vote counted."

07/20/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

New Jersey Assembly Democrats

"Words matter. And titles matter," says Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker on legislation to replace freeholder with county commissioner. "It’s well past time that we shed the title of freeholder, not just because it’s antiquated and confusing. But because this title by its nature is exclusionary."

Dear Friends:Never has the need been greater than it is today to have more scientists working on public policy.  Program...
07/13/2020

Dear Friends:

Never has the need been greater than it is today to have more scientists working on public policy. Programs that place scientists into one-year positions in Washington, D.C. have been around for decades, but few states do the same thing. A few years ago, a friend and a scientist also working in politics mentioned to me that California had a program and that NJ should consider something similar. I made a phone call to the wonderful people at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and they jumped at the opportunity to allow young Ph.D.-level scientists to train and work throughout NJ State Government.

The program brings enormous benefits to not only the Science Fellows by building civic skills, deepening their understanding of government, and learning how to navigate political systems, but also the state government by providing the following:

Making available immediate, unbiased, and highly trained scientific expertise available in-house at no cost to the host offices;

Providing an increased ability to respond to issues effectively and efficiently;

Strengthening and informing NJ policymaking process;

Asserting New Jersey as a global leader in using evidence-based policies to ensure the well being of its people and economy, and environment.

This past Wednesday, July 8, 2020, marked the conclusion of the inaugural year of the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute’s Science and Politics Fellowship. Four scientists completed their work, which was celebrated by a virtual graduation ceremony.
At the graduation ceremony, these four passionate and dedicated people spoke with eloquence and enthusiasm about their work on climate change at the Department of Transportation, newborn screening at the Department of Health, data privacy at the General Assembly Majority Office, and maternal health at the Department of Human Services.

Their accounts filled me with joy and optimism that better governing through science is expanding in NJ and elsewhere.
During my keynote address, I talked about the importance of not just their work, but the evidence-based approach that they took to all of their assignments.

Since the day I became a legislator, it has been a personal goal to find ways to enhance evidence-based decision making in public policy. The circumstances of 2020 have revealed that there has never been more important and urgent time in the history of this country for investing in science and politics. The health and well being of every New Jersey resident is at stake. I am profoundly grateful for Eagleton’s commitment to the cause.

Take Care,

Andrew

07/04/2020
Harriet Tubman Museum
06/30/2020

Harriet Tubman Museum

UNANIMOUS! The #NJAssembly unanimously passed the bipartisan Harriet Tubman Museum Bill to designate it the OFFICIAL NEW JERSEY HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM! 73-0-0. THANK YOU to sponsors Assemblywoman Carol Murphy Assemblyman Antwan McClellan - District One Gordon M. Johnson Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and to the full Assembly for your support! Now on to #NJSenate and then to Governor Phil Murphy. So proud of #NewJersey!

Assemblyman Roy Freiman
06/30/2020

Assemblyman Roy Freiman

Pictured – Me and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker practicing social distancing at our first voting session back in the Statehouse. It’s good to be home!

Sad news. One of the first people I met in politics. We'd meet for lunch (pasta, what else?), Nick told stories about po...
06/21/2020
Longtime Politifax editor and N.J. politics insider Nick Acocella dies at 77

Sad news. One of the first people I met in politics. We'd meet for lunch (pasta, what else?), Nick told stories about politics and we'd laugh the entire time. His sage advice: Understand policy. Understand politics. Never forget the joke.

The Jersey City native also hosted a cooking show in which he'd chat with the likes of Cory Booker, Tom Kean and Chris Christie while making pasta

Voting by mail should be straightforward, transparent and verifiable. Our bill, A-3591/S2547, creates state-wide standar...
06/10/2020
One in 10 Ballots Rejected in Last Month’s Vote-by-Mail Elections | NJ Spotlight

Voting by mail should be straightforward, transparent and verifiable. Our bill, A-3591/S2547, creates state-wide standards to try to correct some of the issues with ballot rejections. Raj Mukherji Dan Benson Senator Vin Gopal

NJ Spotlight analysis finds that New Jersey election officials did not count ballots for several reasons, often because of issues with signatures

06/10/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

New Jersey Assembly Democrats

"What we do to try to save lives; What we do to try and protect our fellow New Jerseyans moving forward is critically important," says Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker during Tuesday's joint Assembly hearing on contact tracing

06/10/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

A detailed discussion about contact tracing to control the spread of the coronavirus, the need for community involvement, and the importance of strong privacy protection.

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter are holding a joint hearing this Tuesday, tomorrow June 9th on #ContactTracing.

Last week they joined to give some details to LaRuelist Cafe about what contact tracing looks like in NJ and what it means for our communities.

Missed it?

06/10/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

A short video on the need to protect privacy as we save lives.

Legislation from Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Dan Benson for NJ & Shavonda E. Sumter to safeguard contract tracing data collected for COVID-19 cleared a joint committee panel on Tuesday

It was an excellent hearing today, with a detailed discussion of the importance of contact tracing, the challenges of do...
06/10/2020

It was an excellent hearing today, with a detailed discussion of the importance of contact tracing, the challenges of doing it effectively, and the need for strong privacy protections.

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Dan Benson & Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter Bill to Safeguard Contact Tracing Data Collected for COVID-19 Clears Joint Committee Panel: https://bit.ly/2Aj6zdd

Measure to Require Deletion of Data No Later Than 30 Days After Receipt

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Where are we on
Communists. With a recovery rate of over 99% there is no need for any of this crap. Again, demoncrats removing our rights. Who has the right to forced injections of crap into our bodies. NO child should ever have this forced on them and no decent parent would do it. Looks like WE THE PEOPLE, the real Americans need to fight back against these communists. Murphy removing many of our rights and not caring about the state or citizens. He needs to go back to his home state of Mass. He has already caused enough damage and deaths. I pray he gets prison for all those he killed in nursing homes. ANYONE THAT VOTES FOR ANY DEMONCRAT NEEDS THEIR HEAD EXAMINED !!! Better get out of here. No one can force a bunch of crap to be injected into your body. Flu vaccine contains formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, and viruses that were injected into egg proteins then extracted to make vaccine, AND the cells from the tiny lungs of MURDERED BABIES. Per CDC page, it's only 47% effective.
This is a scandal at this point...over 40,000 people can't still get through on the phone to the NJDOL, 6 MONTHS later, and are still waiting for benefits for which they have paid taxes over the years
Local high school students in our district have created Meals for Heroes to send hot meals from local family-owned small businesses to our heroes on the front lines of this pandemic, the medical staff in the covid units of various hospitals including RWJ New Brunswick & Somerville, Morristown Hospital, St Peters Unv Hospital, JFK, and more. Anyone who would like more info, please check out their page @mealsforheroes
Can you also remind many of the irresponsible wealthy NJ residents with shore homes of what Governor Murphy recently posted! THEY ARE SELFISH AND PUTTING OTHERS IN DANGER!! "I urge those who have homes at the Jersey Shore to NOT go to them at this time. The local infrastructure, especially the health care infrastructure, is not prepared for the influx of part-time residents. Please stay at your primary residences." Gov Phil Murphy
Pennsylvania governor has asked all non-essential businesses to close. Please advocate with Governor Murphy to do the same in NJ. Let's look at Princeton, and Princeton alone. Let's assume doubling every 3.5 days (look at rest of world). Princeton had 7 residents tested who were exposed on Feb. 29th. 2 positive, 5 pending. Let's assume less than half of the 5 are positive. Feb 29: 4 people infected March 4 noon: 8 people infected, total March 7: 16 people infected March 11 noon: 32 people infected March 14: 64 people infected March 18th noon: 128 people March 21: 256 people March 25th noon: 512 March 28: 1024 April 1, noon: 2048 people With 20% of patients needing hospital care, and our hospital having 300 beds, we are short 100 beds. Please help us.
Please vote no on this “path to progress” permanent panel! These proposed cuts only targeting the public workers is not the only way to fix the budget! At some point blaming all the states problems on educators and public employees has to stop. After 15 years my take home pay is nowhere near my peers the same age. The benefits and retirement promises are just deferred compensation for the low pay I receive now. Please don’t allow this panel to become permanent! Thankyou for all you have done for the public sector already!
“Please do not use immune compromised children as a justification to strip Americans of their religious rights. This bill will kill my child. WE do not support S2173/A3818” E Dee Nico
Hello Assemblyman, I was at the Senate Health committee meeting on Thursday and saw Senator Sweeney unseat 3 Democrats who were planning on voting no to S2173. That really undermines my faith In the legislative process and as a life long democrat I’m disturbed! But it’s not too late, you can help kill the assembly bill! Please before voting on such a draconian bill that strips away soooo many freedoms consider the slippery slope. Let’s figure out a more common sense way to protect public health. Fear of potential harm is never a justification for revoking the right to religious and medical freedom and autonomy over one’s body. We don’t preemptively arrest people because we fear they might perpetrate a crime one day. And similarly, we must not force or legally coerce people into medical procedures that violate their religious beliefs and practices because we are irrationally afraid. Think of the immune compromised child used to justify this bill. He/she may loose their medical exemptions with this bill because it takes the ultimate authority away from the doctors and parents and gives it to bureaucrats. Please don’t pass a bill that will force parents to make the unthinkable choice between following their doctor’s recommendations or keeping their child in school. Vote no to A3818.
Do you support President Trump in making America Great again?
How is tonight’s clown show working for you and your boss Murphy?
Well, I thought I had heard it all till this morning! You want to form a commission to study loneliness? Did you ever think people are lonely because we can’t afford to go out due to the high taxes we have to pay? Your priorities are in the wrong spot as a typical NJ Politician! We have poor roads, trains always late, high property taxes... yet you want to study loneliness. If this is all you can think of, you need to get out of office.... because you are typically worthless! Bill Spadea