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ENG: Christopher Henry "Chris" Smith (born March 4, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district, serving since 1981. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Trenton and includes large portions of central New Jersey. He is currently the dean of the New Jersey congressional delegation. Early life, education, and early career Smith grew up in Iselin, New Jersey, worked in his family's sporting goods business, and earned the Eagle Scout award. After graduating with a B.A. from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) in 1975, became executive director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee in 1976. Originally a Democrat, he switched parties and became a Republican in 1978. U.S. House of Representatives In ...
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Smith Accuses Obama Admin. of Giving China a Pass ...

The New Jersey congressman behind a landmark anti-human trafficking law is accusing the Obama administration of giving China a pass in its latest report on the global trafficking epidemic that has been likened to slavery. The State Department report cited nearly two dozen countries for failing to meet basic standards, nearly double the number in the 2010 report. The rating could subject any of them to U.S. sanctions. China, however, was not on the Tier 3 list of severe offenders. Instead, the country was kept for the seventh year in a row on a separate "watch list."The watch list is the ...

Smith introduces bill to combat Lyme Disease

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) announced on Monday the introduction of a bill he wrote to combat Lyme disease.Smith is the sponsor of the measure, H.R. 2557, which would support federal efforts concerning Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through the establishment of a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee. Smith co-chairs the House Lyme Disease Caucus, along with Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Tim Holden (D-PA), who are both cosponsors of the bill.“It seems everywhere I go, someone comes up to me to talk about how Lyme disease has severely impacted their lives or someone they know,” said ...

Chris Smith's African Abortion Adventure

Most members of Congress spent last week's recess back in their districts, talking to their constituents and getting a sense of what Americans want their elected officials to be doing back in Washington. But Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, had other plans: He spent part of the break on a taxpayer-funded trip to Kenya, where he slammed the country's new constitution for allowing abortions in cases when the health of the mother is at risk. Kenyan abortion restrictions go far beyond those in American law, and Kenya's new constitution, approved overwhelmingly last August, codifies a ...

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Smith Receives the Order of Timor-Leste
The Prime Minister of the Southeast Asian nation of Timor-Leste, Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, and former President and hero of Timorese independence Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão today bestowed the Order of  Timor-Leste to Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of a House panel on human rights. The Order of Timor-Leste is given in special recognition to those “who have made a significant contribution to the country of Timor Leste, to the Timorese or to all Mankind.”   Rep. Smith and former President Gusmao look back on nearly two decades of work for the freedom of the Timorese people    
Smith: Offer Victims of Genocide in Iraq and Syria a Lifeline
Helsinki Commission Chairman Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) today called for swift passage of his Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016 (H.R. 5961), bipartisan legislation that provides relief to victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, and accountability for perpetrators. “Members of vulnerable religious and ethnic groups in Iraq and Syria – including Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims – are being directly targeted by ISIS in its vicious campaign to exterminate ancient religious communities,” said Chairman Smith. “How long can we continue to stand aside while innocent victims face genocide, rape, and other heinous crimes? We must offer the victims of these atrocities a lifeline, and ensure that the perpetrators are punished.” Among its key provisions, H.R. 5961 directs the U.S. Administration to: · Create the “Priority Two” (“P-2”) designation for persecuted religiou
Trentonian Letter to Editor by Smith'The fight to end domestic violence'
For 22 years, the Violence Against Women Act has been one of our nation’s most impactful laws. Aided by $6 billion in federal VAWA funding, millions of women have received emergency assistance during a crisis and support that has helped break the cycle of violence. As the first comprehensive legislative package to address the epidemic of domestic violence, VAWA changed the attention to and conversation surrounding how we as a nation can better support victims of abuse and help families in need of a safe space. The law, which I supported at the outset and consistently since, invested significant resources to help prevent domestic abuse, assist the women and children who fall victim to it, and improve the judicial system’s response. On the eve of the anniversary of the signing of VAWA (Sept 12th), I visited the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) in Hamilton. The coalition is a statewide advocacy organization with a membership of 30 domestic violence progr
Smith Statement on Terror Attacks, Arrest
Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) today commended the work of law enforcement in making a speedy arrest of a terrorist suspect thought to be connected to bombing attacks against targets in New Jersey and New York this past weekend.     “The law enforcement response to the initial pipe bomb attack in Ocean County, NJ at a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park and the subsequent attacks in New York and North Jersey, has been commendable in its rapid execution,” Smith said. “The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, State and local police, and especially the arresting officers of the Linden, N.J. Police Department, have performed exemplary in the face of a great danger to the public. I hope the injured officers recover quickly, and that any and all of those responsible for these cowardly attacks will be held to account and face justice.     “No stone must be left unturned in the ongoing investigation,” Smith said. “Additionally, all

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