SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Democratic Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker is running for reelection in New Jersey’s 16th district where he has been serving since 2016. He is the first South Brunswick resident to be elected to this position and the very first physicist to be elected to the New Jersey Legislature. He is also the head of communications and public outreach at Princeton University's plasma physics laboratory.
Zwicker said that he is seeking re-election because he feels that there is more to be done in his district as well as in the state of New Jersey. For his re-election campaign, Zwicker has been focused on environmental policy as well as promoting economic growth in his district.
Zwicker's running mate is Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-16th, a resident of Hillsborough.
The Democrats are opposed by Republicans Mark Caliguire, a former Montgomery Township mayor and Somerset County Freeholder who was defeated by Frieman in the Assembly race two years ago, and Christine Madrid, also a former mayor of Montgomery Township.
“We need more scientists in all levels of government in order to truly understand the best way to tackle issues like climate change and protect land, water and air for future generations” Zwicker said “I work hard on economic growth by promoting public policies that target high growth sectors in New Jersey and expand them.”
According to Zwicker, one of his key issues while in office is how to improve the political process like sponsoring the ‘Dark Money bill’ which exposes corporate money in local New Jersey politics. The Dark Money bill was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy in June. Zwicker has also promoted plans to upgrade voting machines and allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, as long as they are 18 by the time the general election comes.
Zwicker has been doing door to door visits and giving stump speeches in the area. According to Zwicker, the issue he hears the most from South Brunswick residents is about the affordability and quality of public education and the cost of living in New Jersey. To address these issues, Zwicker aims to promote economic growth by identifying high growth sectors and investing in them through the public sector in order to grow businesses like tech and agriculture. To increase school funding, Zwicker has been pushing the state to give their fair share of property taxes towards public education.
“Having meaningful conversations with your constituents is the proven way to win an election” Zwicker said “by hearing what my constituents have to say and listening to their concerns it gives us a better understanding of what needs to be done and the best way to do it.”
As the election approaches, Zwicker says that he feels confident about his chances and sees real opportunity in the work he has been doing in office. He is sure of his experience both as a scientist and as an elected official that he can work across partisan lies to find feasible solutions for the problems facing his district as well as the state of New Jersey.
“My background as a scientist allows me to make decisions based off of evidence and proof as opposed to partisan politics, that’s my background and my approach to politics” Zwicker said “Environmental protection, economic growth and ways to increase voter turnout as well as protect our political and democratic processes is what I fight for and care about the most.”