Democrat Andrew Zwicker has picked up the endorsement of the Communications Workers of America in his bid for State Senate in the 16th district.
“CWA is thrilled that our friend Assemblyman Zwicker is ready to tackle this Senate race. He is exactly the right person for this time: a scientist who understands facts and data and uses that information to try to improve the lives of all of New Jersey’s residents” said CWA NJ Area Director Hetty Rosenstein. “Andrew Zwicker is smart, he’s empathetic, and he’s a uniter – not a divider. We need more people like Zwicker in the Senate.”
Zwicker, 56, is a three-term legislator who flipped a Republican legislative district in 2015 for the first time in more than 100 years.
The path for Zwicker to be the Democratic Senate candidate became clear on Friday when Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer dropped her objection to Zwicker. She had wanted a senator from her county – Zwicker lives in Middlesex.
Frenchtown Councilwoman Michele Liebtag, the political and education director at CWA Local 1036 said that Zwicker had been a longtime backer of her union.
“Assemblyman Zwicker respects public sector workers and fights alongside our members for the important services we provide to NJ residents,” Liebtag said. “Andrew is an ally in the fight to preserve collective bargaining, because he knows that tough negotiations between unions and employers yield the best outcomes, with savings and fairness for all sides.”
CWA Local 1031 executive vice president Kathy Hernandez saluted Zwicker’s support in investing in public heath care, education and libraries.
Zwicker is expected to face Republican Michael Pappas, a former congressman, in the general election. The four-term Republican incumbent, Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg), is retiring.