Gov. Phil Murphy today endorsed Andrew Zwicker for State Senate in the 16th district.
“Andrew Zwicker has a deep understanding of the issues that matter most to New Jerseyans and a proven track record of fighting for the best interests of his constituents regardless of party lines,” said Murphy. “From propelling New Jersey’s innovation economy forward to developing a clean energy workforce of the future, Andrew’s bold ideas and principled vision will serve as a tremendous asset in the State Senate. I’m thrilled to endorse his candidacy, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”
Zwicker, a three-term assemblyman from South Brunswick, is the presumptive Democratic nominee after Somerset County Democrats signed off on his candidacy last week.
Murphy’s team played a key role in helping Zwicker win the endorsement of Peg Schaffer, the Democratic county chair in Somerset. Schaffer had initially declined to endorse Zwicker because of his Middlesex County residency.
The 16th district represents the Democrats best chance at flipping a Senate seat in November. The Republican incumbent, State Sen. Christopher Bateman, is not seeking re-election to a fourth term.