Congressman Smith To Host Military Academy Information Session

Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Shaun Golden prepare to survey Hurricane Sandy damage. November, 2012

Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Shaun Golden prepare to survey Hurricane Sandy damage. November, 2012

Congressman Chris Smith is holding a Service Academy Information night for high school and college students who are interested in attending one of the United States’ military academies.  Students, their parents, educators and counselors who reside in New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District are welcome to attend.

The event will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the lower level of the Wall Township Municipal Building, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall NJ.

“Throughout my tenure in Congress, I’ve had the honor and privilege of nominating many outstanding young men and women for acceptance into our nation’s military academies,” said Smith.  “With the United States’ continued fight against terrorism throughout the globe and its commitment to defending our homeland and protecting national security interests abroad, recruiting top-notch talent for our all-volunteer armed forces is critically important.”

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Posted: March 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith To Host Military Academy Information Session

FEMA failed to properly oversee Sandy flood insurers, audit says

assetContentWASHINGTON — A government watchdog found that Federal Emergency Management Agency did not properly regulate the private companies who provide flood insurance, whose failure to adequate reimburse Hurricane Sandy victims for their losses led to the agency agreeing to reopen thousands of claims. The report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general said FEMA did… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Obama signs International Megan’s Law

Congressman Chris Smith was the sponsor of the International Megan's Law

Congressman Chris Smith was the sponsor of the International Megan’s Law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed legislation named for a Hamilton girl that’s designed to alert foreign governments when registered sex offenders travel abroad. The International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and cleared by… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

House of Representatives Passes International Megan’s Law, Bill Awaits Obama’s Signature

By Congressman Chris Smith

Intl Megans LawEight years after I first introduced a bill to protect children in the U.S. and around the world from convicted pedophiles who travel in secret to or from the United States—currently below the radar of law enforcement officials—it is now on the verge of becoming law.

The House today passed, and sent to the President, my International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (HR 515)—named for Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old from Hamilton, N.J. in our congressional district who was sexually assaulted and killed in 1994. Megan’s assailant was a convicted, repeat sex offender living across the street, unbeknownst to residents in the neighborhood. Due to public outcry in response to the tragedy and to hard work by Megan’s loving parents, Richard and Maureen Kanka, the New Jersey State Legislature passed the original Megan’s Law (NJSA 2C: 7-1 through 7-II) in 1994 to require public notification of convicted sex offenders living in the community.

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Posted: February 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. delegation wants to know why state got so little Sandy aid

Tom Arnone, Dave Rible Serena DiMassoWASHINGTON — Members of the New Jersey delegation want to ask U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro why their state got just $15 million in disaster preparedness funds under a program funded in the Hurricane Sandy aid bill. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), who arranged a meeting last March with Federal Emergency Management… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Wreck Pond Restoration Enters Next Phase

Tom Arnone, Dave Rible Serena DiMasso

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Assembly Dave Rible, Congressman Chris Smith and Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso in Spring Lake, January 19 to kick off Phase 2 of the Wreck Pond Restoration Project

“A huge shared service partnership comprising all levels of government and non-profit partners working together to improve the environment, the safety of residents and their property.”  That is how Freeholder Director Tom Arnone characterized the Wreck Pond Restoration Project, Phase II of which was kicked off yesterday in Spring Lake.

Congressman Chris Smith, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, Assemblyman Dave Rible, Arnone, Freeholders Serena DiMaso and Gary Rich, Spring Lake Mayor Jennifer Naughton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife field supervisor Eric Schrading and American Littoral Society Executive Director Tim Dillingham gathered in the cold yesterday to commemorate the progress of the project that is coming to fruition after more than a decade of advocacy, study and planning.

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Posted: January 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

WWII Vet Gets His Medals

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith

Bob Williams, grandson of Alfred Caponigro, Caponigro and Congressman Chris Smith

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Alfred Caponigro of Ocean Township would not accept the medals he earned in combat during World War II because of all of the other Americans who didn’t make it back, or who lost limbs and other injuries.  Caponigro lost his hearing in the war and was discharged with a 100 percent disability rating by the Navy.

On Tuesday Caponigro, 90, joined by his family and friends, accepted his medals from Congressman Chris Smith, 73 years after he earned them.

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Posted: December 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Smith, NJ Delegation Continue to Press for Transparency, Reform at NFIP

speaking-285x200WASHINGTON, DC – At a Capitol Hill meeting hosted Oct. 7 by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, with Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a bipartisan group of NJ Members of Congress continued to press for equitable relief for… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Smith, NJ Delegation Continue to Press for Transparency, Reform at NFIP

Congressman Smith Announces Grant For Anti-Domestic Violence Program

NJ Coalition for Battered WomenCongressman Chris Smith announced today that the New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women has been awarded a $82,882 grant by the U.S. Justice Department.

Smith authored the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, the legislation that first authorized the federal program funding this grant.

“The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women is a valuable resource for women and children across our state who have been victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and violence,” said Smith. “The NJCBW’s mission is to end violence against women and its work is critical to ensuring women and their families have the resources necessary—and readily available—to break the cycle of domestic violence.”

Posted: September 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

House Rejects Iran Nuke Deal, Smith: Deal Is Existential Threat To Israel And Threat To U.S.

The House of Representatives rejected President Obama’s Nuclear deal with Iran today, 168-269. 25 Democrats joined all 244 House Republicans what is was a symbolic vote that will have no impact on the implementation of the deal.

Congressman Chris Smith spoke passionately against the deal yesterday on the House Floor:

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Posted: September 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Iran | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »