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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, Pelosi Resolution to Help Human Rights Giant Liu Xiaobo Passes House
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 67, calling on the People’s Republic of China to unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo and, with his wife Liu Xia, allow them to freely meet with family and seek medical treatment overseas if necessary.  Liu Xiaobo, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, was in the midst of serving an 11 year sentence when he was diagnosed with liver cancer that had metastasized throughout his body.         The resolution, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), co-Chairman of the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC), and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, also urges the Administration to assist in gaining Liu Xiaobo and his wife humanitarian transfer so that they can get treatments in the United States if they desire.  Liu Xia has been detained under “house arrest” since 2010 and has been hospitalized for a heart condition.       “The Chinese state media say
NJ.com News Article; Rep. Smith: 'humbling' to be in presence of Lakewood's Tuskegee Airman George Watson'Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal winner George Watson dies'
Mr. Watson was born on Aug. 10, 1920 in Wildwood, to Jack and Anna Watson. He played football for Lakewood High School and was recently inducted into its football hall of fame. In 1942, just weeks after high school, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He was sent to Tuskegee to help form the 332nd Fighter Group and the 96th Air Service Group, where he served as a supply sergeant and support personnel. In a talk at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst two years ago, Tech Sgt. Watson said he joined the service because his mother was scrubbing floors to make a living. The Army's Air Service was a way "to make a better life for himself." Bryce Watson said there still a great deal that hasn't been reported about his grandfather and the Tuskegee Airmen's role in the war, including what he called "Operation Fuel Tank," more popularly known as " The Great Train Robbery."   He was in Italy, based at Ramitelli Airbase. Operation Fuel Tanks is Bryce Watson said. George Watson S
Smith Leads Human Rights Efforts at Parliamentary Assembly
Human trafficking resolution and anti-Semitism amendment to be debated by 56-country assembly this week Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), the author of America’s landmark law to combat sex and labor trafficking (the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000), is at a conference of European and North American lawmakers today to advance the global fight against human trafficking and to step up efforts to combat anti-Semitism.       More than 300 members of parliaments from 56 countries—including eleven members from the United States—are in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for the 2017 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE-PA). As part of their charge, OSCE parliamentarians meet annually to reach agreement on proposals for security, economics and human rights.      Smith, currently the Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (which leads American participation in the OSCE
Smith Leads Letter from 13 NJ Delegation Members to Oppose Summer Fishing Quotas
In a letter sent today, authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) and signed by most of the New Jersey Delegation, to Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, New Jersey lawmakers expressed the need to delay any 2017 restrictions placed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) on the New Jersey fishing industry. The letter highlighted the overwhelmingly negative impact the new regulations would have on New Jersey shore communities.      “A reduction of this magnitude will have clear and immediate consequences for the families and businesses along New Jersey’s 130 mile shoreline—many of which are still struggling to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy,” said Smith. “The impact will not stop at the shore—local businesses rely on the fishing industry and the tourism that it helps bring. It is critical that any restrictions placed by ASMFC be delayed.”      The proposed regulations would inc

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