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Rep Smith’s bill addresses veterans recovery, recreation and therapy

WASHINGTON, DC – Supporters of Rep. Chris Smith’s (NJ-04) legislation, H.R. 2435, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Actconverged on Capitol Hill this week to advocate for the bill, which will provide for increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.

H.R. 2435 would empower a newly created task force to identify barriers veterans face when accessing public lands for treatment, and provide within one year recommendations to Congress on ways to eliminate those barriers. The legislation would help expose barriers to be overcome and new opportunities to be pursued so that public lands are more available for recreational activities, such as hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, and biking, which have proven to advance recuperation and healing. Ultimately HR 2435 will supplement the VA’s major medical care programs with outdoor recreational therapy for military veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Press Release, Veterans | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Smith will run in 2020

Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger at the 2016 9/11 remembrance in Middletown

Congressman Chris Smith is running for 21st term in the House of Representatives next year and would be content to run another 4-5 times, according to a interview he had with NJGlobe.

“I’ve never been more enthusiastic about a job in my life,” Smith said.  “I hope to have another decade here.  I love it that much.”

Smith was responding to rumors that he would retire in 2020. In 2018, MoveOn.Org had a fundraising campaign based upon their lie that the Dean of the New Jersey delegation was retiring.

“It’s a type of smear,” Smith told NJGlobe of the retirement rumors.  “It’s factually untrue.  It’s unethical.”

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Posted: August 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Smith Introduces Bill Named For Braedon Bradforth

Congressman Smith meets with some of the 200 friends, family members and supporters of Braeden’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram, who came out at the Aug. 1 memorial in Neptune. At left is Robert Ingram, Braeden’s step-father, and Jill Greene, Joanne’s attorney.

Bill would create a commission to review heat stroke exertion risk to student athletes

Continuing his career long practice of writing legislation that arises from constituent service, Congressman Chris Smith introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Friday named for Braedon Bradford, the 19 year old Neptune Township football player who died of exertional heat stroke on August 2, 2018 at Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a freshman scholarship player. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 3rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Smith Introduces Bill Named For Braedon Bradforth

Smith Addresses International Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

 

Emerging Trends in Religious Freedom      

 excerpts of remarks by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) at the

                          2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

                          Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, DC  July 17, 2019

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Posted: July 18th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Rights, Religion | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Int’l Assembly Adopts Smith Resolution to Educate Children on Human Trafficking Threat

1 in 4 Trafficking Victims Are Children

Teaching children to recognize, resist and report any attempt to recruit or coerce them into human trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC—An international parliamentary assembly of leading lawmakers from 54 countries today unanimously adopted an anti-human trafficking initiative authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) to further protect children by teaching them about the risks of human trafficking.

   Smith offered his “Educating Schoolchildren to Avoid Human Trafficking” resolution at the 28th Annual Session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA) held in Luxemburg July 4-9th and attended by more than 250 international, voting lawmakers including a bipartisan delegation of 17 representing the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Int’l Assembly Adopts Smith Resolution to Educate Children on Human Trafficking Threat

Congressman Smith Recognizes Service Academy Freshman

Rep. Smith on Saturday with some of the 17 students from New Jersey’s Congressional District 4 who will be attending the service academies.

NEPTUNE, NJ—U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) commended a dozen students from the Fourth Congressional District who will soon be leaving to attend the nation’s prestigious military academies. Smith hosted a reception Saturday afternoon for the future cadets and midshipmen, and their families, as they prepare for four years of college at the military service academies and a commitment to serving in our nations Armed Forces upon completion of their education.

“It was hard work that got you here, it will take persistence, commitment, courage and devotion to God and our country to succeed,”Smith said to the nominees present at the forum. “And succeed you will—as the next generation of leaders in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Merchant Marine.”

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Posted: June 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Recognizes Service Academy Freshman

Braeden Bradforth’s Death Will Be Investigated

Brraeden Bradforth and his mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram, celebrating his graduation from Neptune High School

Garden City Community College, the Kansas school where Braeden Bradforth, a football standout from Neptune died last August 1 following an intense day of workouts, has reversed course after months on stonewalling the cause and circumstances of the tragedy and agreed to fund a $100,000 independent external investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 16th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Braeden Bradforth’s Death Will Be Investigated

NJ Congressional Delegation Joins Smith’s Fight For Braeden Bradforth

Joanne Atkins-Ingram, center, her attorney, Jill E. Green, and Congressman Chris Smith, held a press conference on April 7, to demand an independent investigation into the death Braeden Bradforth, Atkins-Ingram’s son.

New Jersey’s 11 Democrat members of the House of Representatives joined the delegation’s sole Republican, Congressman Chris Smith, this week in the battle to achieve justice for Braeden Bradforth, the 19 year old Neptune, NJ  football player who died suddenly at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas last August.

The 12 members of Congress jointly signed a letter to Ryan Ruda, president of the college, demanding an independent investigation into the young Monmouth County man’s death.

Bradforth died on August 1, 2018 following a football practice on his second day on the GCCC squad.  The team’s coach, Jeff Sims, attributed Bradforth’s death to a blood clot.  The local medical examiner ruled the cause of death extreme heat stroke.  The college administration destroyed surveillance video.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NJ Congressional Delegation Joins Smith’s Fight For Braeden Bradforth

Congressman Chris Smith raises over $235K in the first quarter.

Congressman Chris Smith addressing Colts Neck High School students, May 29, 2018

New Jersey’s only Republican representative in Washington posted a strong fundraising result for the first quarter of the 2020 election cycle.

Congressman Chris Smith raised $236,494 in the quarter and has $212,194 cash on hand, New Jersey Globe reports.  Since the 2018 election, Smith has raised $259,388.11.

In the first quarter of 2017 Smith raised $65,277.

Democrat Josh Welle spent $1.8 million trying to unseat Smith in 2018.  Smith spent $1.5 million defending his 4th District seat and won by 12%.

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Posted: April 16th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Congressman Smith suspects a cover-up in the death of Braeden Bradforth

Congressman Chris Smith said that the legalistic stonewalling on the part of Garden City Community College “begs the question of a cover-up” of wrong doing or negligence regarding the death of 19 year old football player Braeden Bradforth.

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Posted: April 9th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith suspects a cover-up in the death of Braeden Bradforth