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16th Dist. GOP Candidates Say Zwicker Flip-Flops on Minimum Wage

Incumbent Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-16th, has been charged with flip flopping on the state's minimum wage by his Republican challengers.

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker’s (D-16) recent announcement of this Sunday’s job fair is a convenient distraction from his anti-business record that continues to stunt economic growth in New Jersey, according to Republican challengers Mark Caligure and former Assemblywoman Donna Simon, who are running against Zwicker and Democratic running mate Roy Freiman.

Zwicker's broken promises on the minimum wage issue reveal him to be the worst kind of typical politician, one willing to say or do anything if he thinks it will help him get re-elected, according to Simon and Caliguire.

In the wake of Zwicker’s recent vote in Trenton to double the minimum wage and mandate paid benefits for unionized workers at Newark Airport (A-4870/S-3226) – effectively mandating a minimum wage of $22.25 per hour – after he voted against a $15 minimum wage for all New Jersey workers, it’s time for Zwicker to be held accountable for his conflicting words and actions, they said.

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The GOP candidates released a timeline on Zwicker's public statements concerning the minimum wage:

2014: Zwicker strenuously supported a minimum wage hike as a candidate for Congress, http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/12th-congressional-district-candidates-debate/;

2015: Zwicker said a higher minimum wage was a moral issue during Assembly race, https://vimeo.com/141915925 (Lecture begins at 59:12 mark);

2016: Zwicker flip-flopped and voted against a $15 minimum wage for all NJ workers, http://observer.com/2016/05/dems-in-battleground-districts-shy-away-from-15-minimum-wage-boost/;

2017: Zwicker voted to double minimum wage for unionized Newark Airport workers, http://observer.com/2017/06/newark-airport-prevailaing-wages/.

“Andrew Zwicker has taken so many different positions on the minimum wage over the last three years it makes your head spin,” said Simon. “In 2014 and 2015, he lectured anyone who would listen about the need for a significant increase in the minimum wage, then voted against a $15 minimum wage for all New Jersey workers in 2016.”

“To make matters worse, after telling all New Jersey workers that a $15 minimum wage was too rich for his blood, Zwicker turned around and voted in favor of an effective $22 minimum wage for unionized workers at Newark Airport that includes mandated paid sick leave and vacation time. Does that make any sense whatsoever?” Caligure asked.

“Donna, Mark and I believe in policies that are good for small business, jobseekers, and our economy," said incumbent GOP Sen.Christopher "Kip" Bateman, who is being opposed by Hillsborough resident Laurie Poppe.  “What we don’t believe in, frankly, are typical politicians who say one thing and do another so often that it’s impossible to know where they stand.”

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