NJ AFL-CIO Endorses Congressman Chris Smith For Reelection

Congressman Chris Smith was endorsed for reelection by the New Jersey AFL-CIO at the union’s convention in Atlantic City this week.

Over 600 delegates from 1,000 NJ unions—representing more than one million members and their families— voted to endorse Smith.

New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech said of the slate that includes Smith, “This year’s endorsed candidates… have the experience and dedication necessary to grow our communities prioritizing education, health care, jobs, infrastructure and investment in our future.”

Smith, the only Republican from New Jersey’s congressional delegation to win the endorsement, addressed the convention delegates on Tuesday morning.

“For me, the cause of working families—and the critical importance of unions in the never-ending fight for fair wages and benefits, workplace protections and other important terms of employment achieved through collective bargaining is a core conviction…

“I strongly support Davis-Bacon; project labor agreements; best value contracting and robust funding of the Amtrak Gateway project.   I am a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act…

 “I am the prime author of four and soon to be five anti-human trafficking laws including the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

“The TVPA is a well-funded whole of government approach to combat the cruelty and violence of sex and labor trafficking both in the United States and around the world by rescuing and protecting victims who are usually women, prosecuting the traffickers with penalties of up to life imprisonment, sanctioning countries that are indifferent or complicit in trafficking and by pushing best practices to prevent the exploitation in the first place.

“According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) traffickers make $150 billion a year… 24.9 million people are trapped in forced labour… Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors.”

Smith’s campaign released the following statement in response to the endorsement:

“Chris is grateful to have the endorsement of the one million-strong New Jersey AFL-CIO, and looks forward to the active support of the working men and women of the AFL-CIO as part of his broad-based, grassroots reelection campaign.

Chris is widely recognized as a bipartisan problem solver who effectively works across the aisle to get things done—fighting to grow our economy, improve infrastructure, and bring jobs to New Jersey especially and including at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

 He has successfully written laws on a variety of issues critical to New Jersey’s working families—veterans laws; laws regarding healthcare, autism, and education; anti-human trafficking laws to combat both sex and labor trafficking; and laws protecting children, human rights, and national security. He is a legislative leader, second in the House when it comes to getting bills enacted into law.”

Earlier this month, Congressman Smith was endorsed by NJ State Building & Construction Trades Council


Posted: June 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “NJ AFL-CIO Endorses Congressman Chris Smith For Reelection”

  1. Bob English said at 9:34 pm on June 14th, 2018:

    How about standing up to Trump and his administrations policy of ripping minor children away from their parents?? Republicans should be doing their jobs for once and exercising oversight by holding hearings.

  2. @Bob English said at 8:27 am on June 15th, 2018:

    Hahahahahahaha. Stop repeating the same old tired DNC talking points from Jim Acosta and Playboy reporters, the DNC’s mouth pieces.

    Republicans should be doing their jobs?

    How about the DEMOCRATS doing their jobs and faithfully join negotiations to bring about a COMPREHENSIVE immigration bill that solves DACA and border security?

    But no, all the Democrats want are more votes rather than securing the border.

  3. @Bob English 2 said at 8:29 am on June 15th, 2018:

    BTW, I suspect you are just butt hurt over this AFL-CIO and the Building Trades endorsement of Chris Smith.

  4. Good point! said at 12:04 pm on June 15th, 2018:

    Bob and ol’ “Steve” of the Larrison tirades must read the morning DNC and fake news CNN talking points, to continually spew, the moment anything unexpected happens in support of a Republican!

  5. Hey, Bob, said at 12:18 pm on June 15th, 2018:

    as our President noted this morning: here’s a memory- jog: many of the current immigration laws were passed by Dem majorities: and, many changes would need 60 votes, IE, some Dems, to change or fix them. But many believe the Dem tactic of whining and continually dividing people, will gain them seats on November, IE, they don’t WANT anything to improve! Build that wall, deport the criminals, and figure out a fairer path/ lone to tax- paying production and positive citizenship!

  6. Bob English said at 7:17 am on June 16th, 2018:

    There is nothing in the law that says children should be taken away for their parents and the Administration admits that roughly 50 children are being ripped away from their parents every day….if your okay with that, fine but I am not and our Congressman should not be either.

    As for Sessions nonsense trying to invoke the Bible to justify their actions, I dont know of any religion that condones their actions….mine certainly does not. Keep the families together and step up the pace as to when they can go before a judge for a hearing….no reason for children to be separated from their parents.

    And for those of you with limited short term memories, this policy is something that both Gen. Kelly and Sessions and threatened to do prior to enacting so they clearly had a choice here.

  7. @ Bob English 3 said at 8:23 am on June 16th, 2018:

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  8. Sorry @ Bob English said at 11:26 am on June 16th, 2018:

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