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 Nov. 3, you have a chance to elect two people to the New Jersey 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, PENNINGTON