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Atheist Wins Re-Election to New Jersey General Assembly (Again)

Nov 6, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Andrew Zwicker is exactly the kind of person you wish were in elected office but almost never is. He’s not only a physicist, he’s the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Unlike the Republicans who treat science as a four-letter word, Zwicker, a Democrat, is a proud advocate of the STEM fields.

In 2015, when he ran for the New Jersey General Assembly, he beat a Republican incumbent by one of the narrowest margins you’ll ever see: less than 100 votes. But it was enough to put him in office.

In 2017, when he ran for re-election, he and his Democratic colleague Roy Freiman won the two seats with comfortable margins over their GOP opponents.

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