To the Editor:
It was my honor and privilege to represent the people of Central New Jersey and to work to improve your quality of life.  As a member of Congress and as a professional scientist, I’ve always believed that policy decisions should be based on evidence, not ideology. 
On November 3rd, you have a chance to elect two people to the NJ General Assembly that will do just that.  Andrew Zwicker is a physicist and the Head of Science Education at Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory, where I was once the Assistant Director.  Many years ago, I hired Andrew and it was clear to me that as good as he was as a scientist, he was even better at relating to people.  Andrew has devoted his career to finding solutions to difficult problems such as developing a new source of clean energy and training the next generation of students to compete in a global economy. I wasn’t surprised when he called me and said he wanted to be involved in public service and I said, without any hesitation at all, that I would like to help.   Maureen Vella is a former Municipal judge, a family practice lawyer, and a professional mediator.  Maureen understands that legislation needs to be carefully crafted so that unintended consequences are few and far between and is a patient negotiator who works toward an acceptable compromise that will produce positive action.  New Jersey needs leaders like Andrew and Maureen now.
Rush Holt
273 Pennington Rocky Hill Road
Pennington, NJ 08534