Democrat Andrew Zwicker announced officially on Wednesday that he will run for the State Senate in the 16th Legislative District.
Zwicker, a physicist and science educator, has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2016.
The 16th Legislative Districts includes Princeton, South Brunswick, and portions of Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Sen. Kip Bateman, a Republican, announced last week that he will not seek reelection.
Zwicker is currently the chair of the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee, as well as a member of the Higher Education Committee, and the Regulated Professions Committee. He serves on the Manufacturing Caucus and the Disability Caucus and was the vice-chair of the Biotechnology Task Force. He is currently the head of the communications and public outreach at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He has a doctorate in physics from Johns Hopkins University.
“Now, more than ever, we need to make decisions that are based on evidence and continue to create sensible, practical policies to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans,” Zwicker said in a statement about his campaign launch. “During my time in the General Assembly, I have focused on protecting our environment, growing our economy, and guaranteeing every voter’s ability to participate in safe and fair elections. I have been laser-focused on advocating for my constituents and I hope to bring my expertise and experience to the State Senate to continue fighting for the people in my district and throughout our great State.”