Will Fill 1st Legislative District Seat Vacated By Matthew Milam
Sergeant Robert “Bob” Andrzejczak was sworn in on Thursday by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver to become the newest member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 1st Legislative District, which includes parts of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.
“Sgt. Andrzejczak has dedicated his life to fighting for the causes he believes in,” said Oliver. “I have no doubt that he will bring that same passion and commitment to his new role as Assemblyman. I welcome him as the newest member of the Democratic Caucus and look forward to working with him to spur our economy and move New Jersey forward.”
Andrzejczak will fill the seat vacated by Matthew Milam who recently resigned. He joins Assemblyman Nelson Albano in representing the first legislative district.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). “There is a great deal of work that needs to be done but I am up for the challenge. I’m particularly interested in helping our veterans and creating more opportunities for working people in South Jersey. I will fight as hard for the first district as I did for our country.”
Andrzejczak grew up in Lower Township and graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School in 2004. He currently lives in Middle Township with his wife and eight-month old son.
Andrzejczak joined the Army the year after high school as infantry, completing basic training in Georgia before being stationed in Hawaii for six months. In 2006, he was deployed to Iraq for the 1st time and was stationed in Ryad and Hawija. The deployment was scheduled for a year but at Christmas he was told that his deployment would be extended for a total of 15 months.
In 2008 he was again deployed to Iraq, this time to Bayji. Two months into his deployment, he was serving as the rear gunner for his convoy, making sure the rear is secure for his entire convoy, when it was hit by an anti-tank grenade, resulting in the loss of his left leg. After unhinging himself from his harness to check on the other men, he discovered he was the only soldier severely injured. He was then flown to Walter Reed Medical Center where he began his recovery.
In total, he was an active service member for five years, serving 17 of those months in Iraq. He has since been awarded The Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart, which was recently presented to him on February 5 at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Along with those prestigious awards Andrzejczak also received two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Good Conduct Medal, a National Service of Defense Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal with a Campaign star, an Army Service Ribbon, and a Combat Infantry Badge.
In his spare time, he is also a member of the VFW and the Cape May Masonic Lodge.
The 1st legislative district is comprised of the towns of Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Point, Commercial, Corbin City, Dennis, Downe, Estell Manor, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hopewell, Lawrence, Lower, Maurice River, Middle, Millville, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Shiloh, Stone Harbor, Stow Creek, Upper, Vineland, West Cape May, West Wildwood, Weymouth, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and Woodbine.