WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration sided with New Jersey Tuesday in a dispute over catch limits for summer flounder that threatened to shut down the entire fishing season. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross approved the state’s Marine Fisheries Council proposal for 24 fewer fishing days but a larger minimum size for fish, rather than the limits… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 12th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: catch limits, Chris Smith, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, fishing regulation, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Rep Chris Smith, summer flounder, Trump Administration | Comments Off on How Trump administration ended great Jersey fish fight
Some U.S. lawmakers are urging President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration to recalibrate U.S.-China relations with a harder line on human rights. “It is increasingly clear that there is direct link between China’s domestic human-rights problems and the security and prosperity of the United States,” Congressman Chris Smith said at a hearing of the Congressional-Executive… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Donald Trump, Human Rights, Monmouth County News | Tags: China, Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Human Rights, Monmouth County News, President Elect Donald J. Trump, Trump Administration | 2 Comments »
NEWARK, N.J.—Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) testified today before the New Jersey Transit Corporation Board of Directors in an effort to convince the agency to reject the Jersey Central Power & Light Co (JCP&L) application to utilize the transit agency’s right-of-way for the proposed “Monmouth County Reliability Project.” JCP&L has proposed the 10-mile-long transmission line be placed through residential neighborhoods along NJT’s North Jersey Coast line, creating an undue burden for large numbers of people in five Monmouth County municipalities.
“Some may argue that there is little or no adverse health link to exposure to the electromagnetic fields created by these high-voltage lines, and may produce select studies that suggest that,” said Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on global health in his expert testimony. “But there is statistically relevant evidence–including studies–that suggest otherwise.”admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, JCP&L, Monmouth County News | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, JCP&L, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Reliability Project, New Jersey Board of Public Utlities, Press Release, RAGE | 3 Comments »
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.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Veterans | Tags: Alfred Caponigro, Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Ocean Township, Veterans, World War II | 1 Comment »
WASHINGTON, 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: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, FEMA, Monmouth County News, NFIP | Comments Off on Smith, NJ Delegation Continue to Press for Transparency, Reform at NFIP
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:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Iran | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, House of Representatives, Iran Nuclear Deal, Monmouth County News | 1 Comment »
The New Jersey State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has named Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) its 2015 Legislator of the Year.
VFW State Legislative Director William F. Thomson presented Smith with the award Monday in Hamilton, Mercer County. VFW State Commander Jack Kane announced the honor on June 19 at its annual convention in Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, N.J.
“The men and women in uniform make tremendous, selfless sacrifices for our nation,and they must know that when they come home they will receive the care and assistance they earned,” said Smith, who chaired the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 2001-2005 and authored more than a dozen veterans’ laws. It is an honor for me to accept this award, but it is more of an honor to work for our veterans.”admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Legislator of the Year, Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW | 1 Comment »
By Congressman Chris Smith
As the former chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the author of more than a dozen laws to modernize, expand and improve the services provided by the Veterans Administration (VA), I see the need to review and evaluate existing programs to ensure that they align with the promise a grateful nation makes to those who wear and have worn the uniforms of the United States military. As President Lincoln so eloquently said at the end of the Civil War: “Let us strive…to care for him who shall have borne the battle…” a phrase later adopted as the motto of the VA.
That is why I co-sponsored and twice voted for the “Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act.” This bipartisan legislation is named in honor of the late Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran whose story is not unfamiliar to many who have attempted to navigate the VA’s bureaucracy to receive the care they have earned. Clay Hunt was one of the many veterans who experience some form of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service, yet he did not receive adequate mental health care in the VA system and took his own life at the age of 28.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Veterans | Tags: Chris Smith, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans, Congressman Chris Smith, Post Traumatic Stress, Veterans Administration | Comments Off on Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act Will Improve Mental Healthcare for Veterans
An impressive crowd of over 400 Monmouth Republican County Committee members gathered on Saturday morning to nominate their candidates for State Assembly, County Clerk and Freeholder. The size of the crowd was impressive not only because of the weather but because the results of the convention were a foregone conclusion as there were no challengers to the incumbent Assembly Members, Freeholder or Governor Chris Christie’s nominee for County Clerk.
Free of any competitive tensions, the mood at Colts Neck High School was upbeat, friendly and proud among the grassroots leaders who came out for Chairman Shaun Golden first nominating convention. Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso noted both the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. “This crowd is almost as large as last year’s convention when we had a competition for the freeholder nominations,” DiMaso said, “We’re in really great shape and that is a testament to Shaun’s leadership.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: Amy Handlin, Assembly Republcians, Caroline Casagrande, Chairman Shaun Golden, Chris Smith, Claire French, Congressman Chris Smith, County Clerk M. Claire French, Dave Rible, Declan O'Scanlon, Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, Freeholder John Curley, Gary Rich, Jennifer Beck, Kim Guadagno, Lillian Burry, M. Claire French, Mary Pat Angelini, Rob Clifton, Ron Dancer, Rosemarie Peters, Sean Kean, Serena DiMaso, Shaun Golden, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Tom Arnone | 8 Comments »
Your favorite blogger appears on News12’s Power and Politics with Luke Margolis this weekend opposite the indefatigable Democratic activist Jay Lassiter.
Our topic was Congressman Chris Smith’s commitment to human rights and his controversial comments regarding LGBT rights vs human rights last month.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Humanity, marriage, Marriage Equality | Tags: Art Gallagher, Boko Haram, Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, Human Rights, Jay Lassister, LGBT rights, Luke Margolis, marriage, News12, Nigeria, Power and Politics, Same Sex Marriage | Comments Off on Gallagher on Power and Politics this weekend