It was a day of celebration today at the State House, where a new assemblyman was sworn in to represent residents in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties.
As one door closed another one opened for Sergeant Robert Andrzeczak when his name was added to the list of 80 New Jersey assembly members.
"I'm glad the initial part is over. I'm read to hunker down and get the job done now."
The life that got him here was one many fellow Army members did not survive.
Andrzeczak says he barely made it out of Iraq alive when an enemy grenade hit his truck causing him to lose his leg while defending the red white and blue.
This is a struggle he says motivates him to fight for fellow veterans.
"Really I want to work on economy for the district and the state. I want to work on that but also returning veterans and veterans in general. I want to help them out a lot more."
"Assemblyman Andrzeczak is fighting for veterans, fighting for veteran healthcare. He believes in the economy in South Jersey needs to be better," said Senator Jeff Van Drew.
Andrzeczak will serve the first district alongside Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Nelson Albano - representing the residents of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties.
Both Van Drew and Albano say they are excited for Andrzeczak to join their district, saying that his youth and heroic acts will bring strength and honor to their team.
"We work as a legislative to make sure we provide everything for the people and the state of New Jersey to be able to have a good life. It's his age - his youth that we have to be concerned about. They are our future," said Assemblyman Nelson Albano.
And while he is no longer on the battlefield, Andrzeczak says his new job is one that's worth fighting for.
"I'm still serving, which I'm really happy to do. It's a different fight but its one I'll gladly do."
Andrzeczak will run alongside Senator Van Drew and Assemblyman Albano in the June 4th primary and then go for re-election in the November.
Andrzeczak replaces Democratic Assemblyman Matt Milam who announced his retirement last month, saying he needs more time to focus on his business.