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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 »

Rep. Chris Smith’s remarks on the Mueller Report

Congressman Chris Smith issued the following statement regarding the Mueller report:

“After almost two years of vigorous investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller—aided by 19 lawyers, about 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and others—has found that there was no collusion whatsoever by President Trump (or anyone associated with his campaign) with the Russians to influence the 2016 election.  This vindication is good news for America, not so good for the credibility of those who insisted on an almost daily basis that there was ample evidence which demonstrated that the President was guilty of collusion. In the end, Mueller’s Report proves that the truth matters. False charges should have no place in American politics.”

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Posted: March 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Donald Trump, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 15 Comments »

Congressman Smith Announces Service Academy Info Night On April 18

Class of 2022 Service Academy Students from CD-4 were recognized by Rep Chris Smith and Capt. Pierre A. Fuller in a ceremony in Neptune last June

WASHINGTON, D.C.— High school and college students from the Fourth Congressional District who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy are invited to Congressman Chris Smith’s Service Academy Information Night, to be held Thursday, April 18, 2019.

The event will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Naval Weapons Station Earle, 201 Highway 34 in Colts Neck, NJ. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Students, as well as parents, counselors and educators, who wish to learn about competing for a nomination to one of the Service Academies, are invited to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Smith: Joint Base Projects Are Safe From Cuts For Border Wall Funding

Congressman Chris Smith today announced that the $101.57 million in funding for projects scheduled at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst this year is safe from being diverted to fund the southern border security projects covered by President Donald Trump’s Emergency Declaration of February 15.

“These projects are not at risk,” Smith said after having been assured by the Department of Defense that awards for anticipated construction at the Joint Base are on schedule to be awarded in the current fiscal year. “Nothing at the Joint Base will be cut.”

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Posted: March 19th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

White House Budget Has No Gateway Tunnel Funding—Booker Suggests Naming The Tunnel For Trump

photo via Gov Cuomo’s flicker

President Trump’s 2020 budget has no funding for the Gateway Tunnel and Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Rosen said New York and New Jersey should pay for the tunnel, according to AMNY:

“Those transit projects are local responsibilities, and elected officials from New York and New Jersey are the ones accountable for them,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen on Monday, during a budget briefing call with reporters.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker responded by suggesting that the tunnel be named after Trump, according to the NY DailyNews: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on White House Budget Has No Gateway Tunnel Funding—Booker Suggests Naming The Tunnel For Trump

Congressman Chris Smith: St. Patrick Transformed The World

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) made the following statement on Sunday, March 10, 2019:

Congressman Smith in Rumson on Sunday March 10 with Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown Committeemen Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Impreveduto, Middletown Mayor Tony Perry, Rumson Mayor Joseph Hemphill, Freeholder Sue Kiley and Middletown Committeewoman Pat Snell

The St. Patrick’s Day Parades across the country are great expressions of faith; celebrations of our rich Irish heritage and above all, a recognition of a saint who transformed not only Ireland but the world.

So special thanks to Jamie McManus and the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for providing a way for us to honor, revere and praise one of the greatest saints in all of Christendom.

And thank you for your leadership and generosity in supporting local charities particularly this year’s beneficiary Lunch Break of Red Bank.

St. Patrick, born in 387, endured six years of slavery in Ireland as a child yet went back after a daring escape to face unremitting danger and crushing setback only to persevere with an indomitable will to preach the good news of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sin and the way of salvation.

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Posted: March 11th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Chris Smith: St. Patrick Transformed The World

Welle not likely to run for local or state office

Josh Welle using free Wifi at Panera Bread in Ocean Township last month

In a podcast published last week, former congressional candidate Josh Welle said that if he runs for election again it will likely be for a national office and that it would likely be in 4-6 years.

Last December after he became the 20th Democrat to lose to Congressman Chris Smith, Welle told NJGlobe that he was considering a run for State Assembly  in the 13th district to replace retiring Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.

Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger received the GOP endorsement for Handlin’s seat at a convention in Freehold yesterday.  Democrats are set to endorse their candidates next Saturday.  Welle’s name is not in the mix for Assembly, according to a Democrat who doesn’t want to be known for talking to MMM. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 10th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2019 elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

YMCA honors Congressman Chris Smith

The New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and other NJ branches of the Young Men’s Christian Association, joined the national organization in honoring Congressman Chris Smith on Wednesday morning in Washington during their YMCA Champions Breakfast on Capitol Hill.

Smith was named a Congressional Champion for, among other things, his efforts to restore the ability of middle class taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions from their federal income taxes.

H.R. 651, a bill authored by Smith and introduced in January, would allow taxpayers to deduct 100% of their charitable deductions from their federal income taxes, even if they opt to use the standard deduction instead of itemizing their deductions. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 7th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on YMCA honors Congressman Chris Smith

Rep Smith: Report Stresses Urgency of Action for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new report by the Alzheimer’s Association released on Tuesday makes clear the challenge of the increase in cases of Alzheimer’s disease, and the necessity of helping at-risk populations prepare for the upsurge in new cases—and one day prevent Alzheimer’s altogether, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) stated.

“We’ve come a long way toward understanding and treating Alzheimer’s disease, and are moving ever closer to a cure, but this report lays out the challenge yet before us and the necessity of preparing individuals and families on best practices for medical care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, Smith said.

“We need to redouble our efforts to help the 5.8 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, along with their loved ones and caregivers, and to advance treatments,” said Smith the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Rep Smith: Report Stresses Urgency of Action for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment