About Andrew


Legislative Responsibilities

  • Chair, Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Regulated Professions Committee
  • NJ Science, Innovation, and Technology Commission
  • Advanced Manufacturing Caucus
  • Vice-Chair, Biotechnology Task Force (2018)

With its economy flagging and its infrastructure crumbling, New Jersey is at a crossroads. We cannot continue down this path, making decisions based on politics and a short-term view. We need a new kind of leader who makes decisions based on evidence, not ideology, and possesses a bright vision of the future. Andrew Zwicker, a scientist and teacher, has devoted his career to finding solutions to difficult problems. He offers fresh ideas. He brings his pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to government. New Jersey and the 16th District need a leader like Andrew.

Andrew Zwicker is a scientist and teacher, a husband and father, whose career is devoted to finding solutions to difficult problems through consensus and common-sense. Andrew was elected to the New Jersey Assembly in 2015, the first Democrat ever to win in the 16th District. The Courier News, in endorsing his candidacy, called Zwicker, “…one of the most promising political faces to appear in the region in many years..."

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Andrew is head of Communications and Public Outreach at Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Laboratory, a world leader in developing an advanced form of energy At the Lab, he has worked with hundreds of teachers and students, helping to inspire a new generation of scientists and researchers with the promise of technology that serves society’s needs. Andrew has been a faculty advisor for Princeton University freshmen and sophomores and an academic-athletic fellow for the women's soccer team. He taught classes in bioethics and writing, and led plasma physics workshops for college faculty, undergraduate students and advanced high school students The American Association of Physics Teachers named him as one of the 75 leading contributors to physics education in the US.  

Zwicker was raised in Englewood, NJ, where he  graduated from Dwight Morrow High School. His love of learning and passion for science came from his mother, a public school English teacher, and father, a chemical engineer. Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bard College and a master’s and Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. Andrew and his wife Barbara, an elementary school educator in Hillsborough, live in Kingston, where they raised three children.