Congressman Smith’s Anti-Trafficking Law Used In Two Recent High-Profile Prosecutions

Congressman Chris Smith

Allison Mack of the TV series “Smallville,” and former Middletown Police Officer  James Keenan  are facing justice for their alleged human trafficking crimes thanks to a law conceived, championed and passed into law through the leadership and tenacity of Congressman Chris Smith.

Smith’s landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (PL 106-386) is the law being enforced in the recent high-profile indictment of a trafficking ring in New York that involved Mack and the indictment of Keenan on child sex trafficking charges.

“This law, the TVPA, sends a message to traffickers of the gravity of their offense,” Rep. Smith, co-chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, stated.

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Posted: May 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Chris Smith Recognized For Leadership Impacting Autism

Mike DiMauro, Geri Sabasko, Rep. Smith, Autism Speaks CEO Angela Geiger, Rana Corandan, Shane Lilliston, Fay Painter

Congressman Chris Smith  received the Congressional Leadership Award on Wednesday on Capitol Hill from the group Autism Speaks, a national advocacy group that promotes awareness of and research and solutions for autism spectrum disorder. Smith was awarded at the 2018 World Autism Month Champions Luncheon, capping off a month of significant activity on behalf of children with autism and their caregivers.

“I want to thank the leaders at Autism Speaks for their incredible work raising awareness on this invisible crisis,” said Smith, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, at the Hill Day event held during World Autism Month. The luncheon was attended by autism advocates from all over the U.S., many of who have children with autism. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Pezzullo Blasts Pallone For Taking Money From Facebook

Rich Pezzullo

Rich Pezzullo, the Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District, blasted Congressman Frank Pallone today for accepting $7000 in campaign contributions from facebook.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Pallone has received $7000 from facebook since 2010, including  $2,500 for this year’s election.

“Frank Pallone has taken $7,000 from Facebook since 2010,” Pezzullo marveled. “Seven thousand dollars,” he repeated, to a group of voters in Middlesex County. “And he has the gall to sit up there and claim he’s an unbiased observer, to claim he’s representing his district?” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Politics | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Congressman Smith calls on President Trump to bring abducted children home

Congressman Chris Smith listens to Patricia Apy, a Red Bank attorney, testify about the need for the State Department to step up the enforcement of the Goldman Act

While most of Washington and the media was focused on why you see the ads you see on facebook yesterday, Congressman Chris Smith and his colleagues on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights were focused on reuniting kidnapped children with their American parents.

Smith, as chairman of the committee, called on the Trump administration to step up where the Obama administration failed by imposing sanctions on countries that are not enforcing court orders, including from their own courts, for families suffering from international parental child abduction.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith calls on President Trump to bring abducted children home

Congressman Chris Smith to chair hearing on International Child Abduction this afternoon–Watch it here

Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, will preside over a hearing this afternoon to provide an update on how well the Goldman Act is being enforced.  The panel will examine inconsistencies in previous annual reports on international child abduction, which are required by the Goldman Act for the State Department to submit to Congress each year by April 30. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Chris Smith to chair hearing on International Child Abduction this afternoon–Watch it here

Congressman Smith Announces U.S. Service Academy Info Session

Congressman Chris Smith and his 2017 appointees to U.S. Service Academies, June 10, 2017

Congressman Chris Smith’s office is holding an information session for high school and college age students interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy on Thursday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Naval Weapons Station Earle, 201 Highway 34 in Colts Neck, NJ.

The event is for any high school or college student (and their parents, counselors or educators) residing in the Fourth Congressional District who is interested in learning about competing for a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies. Each institution affords young men and young women military training and a collegiate educational opportunity that is free of financial obligation, provided the student graduates and fulfills his or her service obligation. The academies are: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Announces U.S. Service Academy Info Session

Pallone held a Town Hall Last Week! Who Knew?

I was surprised to learn this morning that Congressman Frank Pallone held a Town Hall in Long Branch last week.

From the size of the crowd, which you can see in the video below, one could conclude that is was a very poorly publicized event, which is a shame.  I would have gladly publicized it, free of charge.   It doesn’t take “so many citizens” to be inspired, I guess.

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Posted: April 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Why Congressman Chris Smith is running for reelection

Congressman Chris Smith has had a very consequential career in the House of Representatives. His accomplishments, a few of which he discusses in this video, are very impressive. When I asked him why he is seeking a 20th term, Smith launched into a passionate litany of the difference his work has made for his constituents in New Jersey, the world, and his passion for the work yet to be done. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Congressman Smith is unopposed in the GOP Primary

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith is the only Republican from the 4th Congressional District who submitted nominating petitions to the New Jersey Division of Elections before the deadline yesterday and will be unopposed for the GOP nomination in the June 5th primary. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith is unopposed in the GOP Primary

Pallone and Pelosi block hope for terminally ill patients

Congressman Frank Pallone

Congressman Frank Pallone and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rallied House Democrats to block the passage of legislation supported by President Trump that would allow terminally ill patients to try to extend their lives by using experimental drugs that have not been approved by the FDA.

President Trump called for the “right to try” legislation in his State of the Union Address.  The U.S. Senate passed the bill unanimously and there is bi-partisan support for the bill in the House.

The bill was up for a ‘fast track’ vote in the House on Tuesday, which requires passage with votes from two-thirds of the chamber.  The vote was 250 aye to 140 no, falling short of the two-thirds requirement. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »