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Rep. Chris Smith Announces Winners of 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Colin Martin, teacher Laura Gesin, Jack Hester and Michael Cielecki of Communications High (missing is Vaughn Battista).

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) announced the winners of this year’s New Jersey Fourth Congressional District Congressional App Challenge, part of a nationwide competition for middle and high school students to showcase their software app-developing skills and teamwork.

“I am pleased to congratulate Communications High School students Vaughn Battista of Tinton Falls, Michael Cielecki of Spring Lake Heights, Jack Hester of Oceanport and Colin Martin of Red Bank for their first place-winning app, ‘Commuitas,’” said Rep. Smith.  “They developed a unique ‘task-sharing’ mobile application which allows users to barter their skills and abilities with other users to share tasks in exchange for a virtual points system. The judges thought it was very unique and well devised.”

Timed to coincide with Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 9-15, 2019, Smith said this year’s contest drew a record number of entries from Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer Counties.

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Posted: December 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Princeton Grad Student Released By Iran In Prisoner Exchange

 

Xiyue Wang and his family. photo via @FreeXiyueWang on twitter

Xiyue Wang, 38, a Princeton University graduated student, was released from an Iranian prison on Saturday. Wang had been held on espionage charges since August of 2016.   He was exchanged by the U.S. government for Masoud Soleimani, an Iranian scientist who was arrested in Chicago last year and convicted of violating American trade sanctions against Iran, according to the NY Times.

Rep Chris Smith has kept pressure on the Trump Administration to secure Wang’s release since the PhD candidate’s friends and family reached out to the congressman in early 2018.

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Posted: December 7th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Trump signs the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

The freedom loving people of Hong Kong are celebrating the support of the United States this Thanksgiving Day thanks to President Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, a law that our Congressman Chris Smith has been championing since 2014.


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Posted: November 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Rights, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Smith to ask prosecutors to prioritize human trafficking cases

Congressman Chris Smith is scheduled to address the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey on Sunday, November 24, in Atlantic City.

The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Do we need more laws? Maybe. But more than anything else, we need to further prioritize combating human trafficking, especially through prosecution.”

Protecting the Weakest and Most Vulnerable From the Cruelty of Human Trafficking

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Posted: November 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Human Trafficking, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith to ask prosecutors to prioritize human trafficking cases

Congressman Smith: Braedon Bradforth’s death was 100% preventable

Joanne Atkins-Ingram, center, her attorney, Jill E. Greene, 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

Congressman Chris Smith said that the independent report into the death of 19 year Braedon Bradforth was “utterly heartbreaking” as the report concluded the the tragedy was 100% preventable.

 “The investigator found that ‘a striking lack of leadership’ by Garden City Community College officials ‘set off a series of events that ended with the death of Braeden Bradforth.’ I can only imagine how difficult this is for Braeden’s mom, Joanne, to read; yet it is exactly what she and I have long requested—a transparent and independent review of the facts so steps can be taken to prevent another death of a student athlete,” Smith said.

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Posted: November 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith: Braedon Bradforth’s death was 100% preventable

College to release report on Braeden Bradforth’s death

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

Garden City Community College, of Garden City, Kansas, announced today that they have received the independent investigation report into the death of Braeden Bradforth and that the report will be released to his family.

Braeden, a Neptune High School football standout was a freshman at GCCC when he died of heat stroke following his first day of practice in August of 2018.

Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ4, said the college was doing the right and compassionate thing by releasing the report of Braeden’s mother, Joanne Atkins-Ingram.

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Posted: November 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on College to release report on Braeden Bradforth’s death

Keady running for CD-4 2020 Dem nomination

Former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady is taking another shot at the Democrat nomination to challenge  Congressman Chris Smith next year.

Keady lost the nomination to trespasser Josh Welle in 2018.

He announced his candidacy with two fundraising tweets yesterday that did not explicitly say he is running. He confirmed he is a candidate via text message and has registered with the FEC.

An unabashed Bernie Sanders supporter, Keady is running on a platform of Medicare for all, free college for all and the green new deal that would ban cow farts, gasoline and air conditioning.

Five other candidates have filed with the FEC as candidates for the CD-4 Democrat nomination.

 

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Chris Smith, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Congressman Smith’s Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

We’ve seen the news of many thousands of citizens of Hong Kong taking to the streets to protest the erosion of their Human Rights and Democracy.

Congressman Chris Smith has introduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act four times since 2014.  Today, the bill will have a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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Posted: October 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith’s Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

Trump signs Smith’s Autism CARES Bill into law

President Donald J. Trump signed the Autism CARES Act of 2019 into law today. The new law, which was sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith and and Rep Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, provides $1.8 billion in federal funding over five years to help children and adults with Autism and their families.

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Posted: October 2nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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: , , , , | Comments Off on Rep Smith’s bill addresses veterans recovery, recreation and therapy