Congressman Chris Smith has been endorsed for reelection by the 33,000 member New Jersey Police Benevolent Association.
In his letter to Smith announcing the endorsement, PBA President Patrick Colligan said:
While Washington remains bitterly divided over partisan and political matters, your service stands out in your commitment to the men and women of law enforcement in New Jersey and around the nation. You have remained true to New Jersey’s law enforcement community during your service in Congress. You fought for funding for officers and resources in our communities, to protect victims of crime and to ensure that the mental health and safety of our officers is a priority in this nation. And, most importantly, you have demonstrated respect for the officers who protect us when they have come under attack.
“I am thankful to receive the endorsement of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday to keep our families and neighborhoods safe. I am honored to support the law enforcement community and to represent them in Congress,” said Rep. Smith.
Rep. Smith has a deep commitment to supporting the law enforcement community and their efforts to keep NJ-04 and the entire country safe. For instance, in 2010, Rep. Smith supported the“James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.” This law improved services to those impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attack and also created the World Trade Center Health Program to care for victims of the attack. In 2015, Rep. Smith was an outspoken advocate for the reauthorization of the law, which funded the World Trade Center Health Program for 75 more years, until 2090.
Over the years, Rep. Smith has worked with the law enforcement community to write groundbreaking laws that allow law enforcement officers to get the training needed to prevent human trafficking and help locate missing citizens who have Alzheimer’s and disabilities.