Quick Action by Congressman Smith and Mayor Reid Keeps Manasquan Inlet Open This Summer

Pt. Pleasant Beach officials; Councilman Andy Cortes, Mayor Stephen Reid, Council President Bob Santanello meet with Congressman Chris Smith and Ray Bogan, legal counsel for the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, Recreational Fishing Alliance, and United Boatmen of New Jersey, at the Manasquan Inlet. June 1, 1018

Quick action by Pt. Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid and Congressman Chris Smith will ensure that the Manasquan Inlet remains navigable for commercial and recreational marine traffic this summer.

Unexpected shoaling that threatens to block marine traffic has developed in the inlet since January when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers performed their regularly scheduled survey.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | 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 »

Welle Files His Financial Disclosure Report

Congressional Candidate’s Disclosure Raises More Questions

Congressional Candidate Josh Welle

Josh Welle, address unknown, the Democrat endorsed by the Monmouth and Ocean Democrats to run against Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional District, filed his Financial Disclosure Report with the Clerk of the House of Representatives on Sunday, March 11.  MMM reported on Saturday March 10 that Welle was over four months late in filing the report, a violation of the Ethics in Government Act that could result in a fine up to $58,000.

Welle has not explained why he did not file the report as required in October of 2017.  Nor is it clear that the report filed on Sunday brings him into compliance.   Welle reached the $5000 fund raising threshold that triggered the requirement of the report within thirty days on September 29, 2017. He was then required to disclose his assets and sources of income of more than $5,000 for 2016 and 2017 within thirty days.  The report filed yesterday indicated that it is for the year 2017 but also indicates that it covers the period of January 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.  The disclosures of income and assets seem to be for 2017 and YTD 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Welle Wins Ocean Dems’ endorsement to challenge Congressman Chris Smith

As expected, the Ocean County Democrats endorsed Joshua Welle over former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady for the nomination to challenge Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional District, at their Mini-Convention in Bayville this afternooon.  InsiderNJ reports that Welle was the choice of 46 mini-delegates to Keady’s 16.

Welle will have the ‘party line’ on the June 5 primary ballot in both Ocean and Monmouth Counties.  That means his name will be bracketed in the same ballot column as U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, each county’s freeholder candidates and the party endorsed municipal candidates.  The Mercer County Dems have not yet awarded their endorsement. Hamilton and Robbinsville are the only Mercer County communities that are in CD-4.

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Posted: March 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »