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

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Glad to see our bill to expand access to this critical procedure head to the Governor's desk for his signature.
12/24/2020

Glad to see our bill to expand access to this critical procedure head to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Proyecto de ley de Zwicker, Freiman y Reynolds-Jackson para aumentar el acceso a los servicios de diagnóstico para cateterismo cardíaco, angioplastia primaria y angioplastia electiva para adultos, se dirige al escritorio del gobernador
(TRENTON) - Hay una muerte cada 36 segundos en los Estados Unidos por enfermedad cardiovascular. Aproximadamente 655,000 estadounidenses mueren por enfermedades cardíacas cada año, es decir, 1 de cada 4 personas.
Las personas que experimentan síntomas y eligen someterse a un procedimiento de angioplastia pueden aliviar esos síntomas y prevenir una afección cardíaca más grave con este procedimiento mínimamente invasivo. Ampliar el acceso a hospitales que pueden realizar angioplastia electiva de forma segura reforzará la prestación de atención cardíaca de alta calidad para los residentes de Nueva Jersey.
Los asambleístas Andrew Zwicker, Roy Freiman (ambos demócratas por Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) y Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (demócrata por Mercer, Hunterdon) patrocinaron la legislación (A-1176) para exigir al Departamento de Salud de Nueva Jersey que otorgue licencias a ciertos hospitales calificados para brindar servicios completos de diagnóstico para cateterismo cardíaco para adultos, angioplastia primaria y angioplastia electiva.
El objetivo es brindar más opciones para tratamientos de atención cardíaca electivos y seguros para los pacientes.
Los patrocinadores de la medida emitieron la siguiente declaración:
“La enfermedad cardíaca puede ser una enfermedad muy tratable cuando un paciente puede tomar las medidas de salud adecuadas en consulta con su profesional médico.
“La angioplastia salva vidas todos los días, pero con demasiada frecuencia se realiza solo en emergencias. La angioplastia electiva como medida preventiva puede disminuir los síntomas, mejorar la calidad de vida y reducir las tasas de mortalidad.
"Asegurar que más centros médicos tengan licencia para angioplastia electiva de servicio completo y su atención vinculada aumentará el acceso a medidas de atención médica seguras y preventivas para los residentes que luchan contra las enfermedades cardíacas".
La enfermedad de las arterias coronarias ocurre cuando las arterias coronarias, que llevan sangre al músculo cardíaco, se obstruyen o bloquean parcialmente por depósitos de grasa en sus paredes. El tratamiento para la enfermedad de las arterias coronarias variará para diferentes pacientes. Algunos pueden necesitar procedimientos médicos como la intervención coronaria percutánea (PCI, comúnmente conocida como angioplastia) o la cirugía de derivación de la arteria coronaria (CABG).
La angioplastia reduce las obstrucciones de los depósitos de grasa en las arterias coronarias y se ha convertido en un método de tratamiento cada vez más común. La cirugía de CABG utiliza una arteria o vena extraída de otra parte del cuerpo para desviar la sangre alrededor de la parte obstruida de la arteria o arterias de un paciente. Estos procedimientos suelen ir precedidos de un cateterismo cardíaco de diagnóstico.
La legislación fue aprobada recientemente por unanimidad por el pleno del Senado y ahora espera una nueva revisión por parte del gobernador.

You don’t have to be Catholic, or even religious, to appreciate this beautiful essay by Pope Francis.“This is a moment t...
11/30/2020
Opinion | Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts

You don’t have to be Catholic, or even religious, to appreciate this beautiful essay by Pope Francis.

“This is a moment to dream big, to rethink our priorities — what we value, what we want, what we seek — and to commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of.”

To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.

Now, more than. ever, we must make sure that underserved communities, which tend to be low-income urban and rural areas,...
10/29/2020

Now, more than. ever, we must make sure that underserved communities, which tend to be low-income urban and rural areas, have high-speed internet. Thrilled that this passed out of the General Assembly unanimously.

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD & Assemblyman Dan Benson for NJ Bill Establishing Office to Assist in Expanding Internet Service Throughout NJ to Address Unequal Access Advances https://bit.ly/3mzwNe1

Zwicker Bill to Allow Businesses to Use Blockchain Technology for Secure Recordkeeping Clears Assembly Panel
10/21/2020
Zwicker Bill to Allow Businesses to Use Blockchain Technology for Secure Recordkeeping Clears Assembly Panel

Zwicker Bill to Allow Businesses to Use Blockchain Technology for Secure Recordkeeping Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Aiming to expand the use of secure blockchain technology in New Jersey, the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee on Wednesday approved legislation to allow corporations in the state to use electronic networks that use blockchain technology to simplify recordkeeping r

Nueva Jersey Asamblea Demócrata
10/20/2020

Nueva Jersey Asamblea Demócrata

Un proyecto de ley de Zwicker y McKnight para levantar la prohibición de vender productos horneados en casa es aprobada por el panel de Asuntos del Consumidor de la Asamblea

(TRENTON) - Nueva Jersey es el único estado del país que no permite la venta de alimentos cocinados fuera de cocinas comerciales. La legislación (A-4580) que permite la venta de productos horneados en casa fue aprobada por el Comité de Asuntos del Consumidor de la Asamblea el lunes.
“Los negocios basados en el hogar están creciendo, prosperando y son incluso más convenientes -en este momento- para los residentes en casa. El único grupo que actualmente no participa en esta industria son los panaderos caseros. Nueva Jersey es el único estado de la nación que continúa prohibiendo la venta de productos horneados en casa. Prohibiciones similares en Wisconsin y Minnesota han sido revocadas en los últimos años”, dijo el asambleísta Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon). “Ahora es el momento de permitir que nuestros residentes que quieran iniciar un negocio o ganar un poco de dinero extra con sus productos caseros se conviertan en manipuladores certificados de alimentos y se registren en el Departamento de Salud. ¡Dejémoslos hornear!
El proyecto de ley establece requisitos para la venta de productos horneados en casa que no requieren más cocción o refrigeración para la seguridad alimentaria y que no son "alimentos potencialmente peligrosos". Los productos horneados no pueden venderse ni ofrecerse a la venta excepto en la casa del panadero, la casa de un consumidor, un mercado de agricultores, un puesto de granja o una feria, festival o evento del condado, municipal o sin fines de lucro; el proyecto de ley prohíbe vender u ofrecer a la venta productos horneados en casa a través de Internet, al por mayor o a un minorista comercial para su reventa.
“Muchos negocios populares de panadería se iniciaron en la cocina de un hogar y fueron descubiertos por la venta de sus pasteles”, dijo la asambleísta Angela McKnight (D-Hudson). “Esta es una regla anticuada que no tiene cabida en estos tiempos de emprendimiento creativo, donde muchos están construyendo negocios y trabajando desde casa. Mucho ha cambiado en lo que respecta al equipo de cocina adecuado y la preparación segura de alimentos en el hogar. Un panadero debería poder vender y comercializar sus productos caseros al igual que los demás con negocios en el hogar".
El ingreso bruto generado por el panadero casero por la venta de productos horneados no puede exceder los $ 50,000 por año. El panadero casero y cualquier persona que ayude al panadero casero deben poseer un certificado de manipulador de alimentos vigente y válido, emitido por el Departamento de Salud (DOH), que se exhibirá en el punto de venta.
Finalmente, el proyecto de ley requiere que el etiquetado de los posibles alérgenos alimentarios, así como el número de certificación del panadero, sean visibles en todos los productos que se ofrecen a la venta.
La prohibición de los productos horneados en casa se está impugnando actualmente en los tribunales estatales a través de una demanda de 2017 de la Asociación de Panaderos Domésticos de Nueva Jersey, que afirma que la prohibición restringe de manera irrazonable la capacidad de sus miembros de obtener ingresos adicionales a través de sus productos horneados.
La medida pasará ahora al Portavoz de la Asamblea para su consideración.

10/19/2020
New Jersey Assembly Democrats

New Jersey Assembly Democrats

"We all believe that voting should be easy, convenient and accessible. Our democracy depends on participation of the people," says Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker on his bill to require in-person early voting by machine for future general elections

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."

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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