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House Unanimously Passes $2 trillion economic stimulus

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the $ 2 trillion CARES Act this afternoon in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Congressman Chris Smith spoke of the House floor prior to the vote. His remarks are printed and can be viewed below.

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Congressman Smith secures 41 million medical gloves held by Customs

Medical-grade gloves before release by Customs and Border Protection. photo courtesy of Ansell

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) became aware on Monday that 41.3 million medical-grade gloves owned by Iselin based Ansell had been held by
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last September.

Twenty-four hours later, after dozens of phone calls from Rep. Smith to numerous federal officials, CBP released the gloves which are now being distributed to medical professionals and first responders throughout the United States.

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Congressman Smith Working To Bring Americans Trapped In Peru Back Home

WASHINGTON, DC—In an urgent phone conversation Saturday, March 21st with U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Krishna Urs, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the Ambassador to reach out to U.S. citizens and reassure those spread-out across Peru that they have not been forgotten nor abandoned.

“There are reportedly 5,000 Americans trapped in Peru needing the immediate assistance of the U.S. government in order to get home,” said Smith, who has been contacted by more than a dozen travelers with New Jersey roots. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Press Release | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Chris Smith asks the White House to speed up COVID-19 treatments

Congressman Chris Smith working in his Freehold office last week.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) has asked The White House to approve treating suspected COVID-19 patients with approved “compassionate use” drug therapies prior to the COVID-19 test results being confirmed. 

Rep Smith shared an email he sent to Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD, the Coordinator of The White House Coronavirus Task Force, exclusively with MMM:

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Posted: March 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Rep Chris Smith is supporting County Governments’ Work To Thwart The Spread of COVID-19

Congressman Chris Smith working in his Hamilton office

Monmouth County Freeholders Sue Kiley and Nick DiRocco, joined by County Administrator Teri O’Connor, briefed Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on the work being done in Monmouth to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus, as well as to help County residents deal with the stressors the pandemic may bring.

Smith said that though the County is limiting visitors to all offices, all golf courses, parks and open spaces remain open and may offer needed respite. The Freeholders also discuss the testing, screening and tracing being done, and also briefed the congressman on the bank of volunteers who are answering calls at the Monmouth County Health Department.

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Posted: March 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Chris Smith Is Assisting CD-4 Public Health Officials

Congressman Chris Smith in his Freehold district office

Freehold Township, NJ —Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) continues reaching out to public health officials in his district including Dan Regenye, Ocean County Public Health Coordinator to offer “absolutely any advocacy and assistance necessary on the federal level” to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

            Smith said Regenye briefed him on the “mutually reinforcing aggressive steps” Ocean County has undertaken including the push to identify and test at-risk people, school closing and need for students during closures to adhere to “social distancing—no parties or sleepovers” and the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), especially for health workers and first responders.

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Posted: March 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Smith: Stopping coronavirus pandemic and finding a cure, vaccine must be our highest priority—no matter the cost

WASHINGTON, DC – As the House tonight passed its second comprehensive bipartisan bill to combat the coronavirus (COVID 19), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said that “containing the outbreak, finding a cure and a safe and effective vaccine must be our highestpriority—no matter the cost.”

“We must contain the coronavirus pandemic and protect all people, especially those most vulnerable to the disease such as the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions,” said Smith, who strongly supported and voted for the measure hours after President Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency, opening the door for states and local governments to receive additional federal assistance. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Smith’s remarks to the NJ GOP Leadership Summit

Congressman Chris Smith is scheduled to address the attendees of the NJ GOP Leadership Summit in Atlantic City this afternoon.

The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

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Posted: March 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith’s remarks to the NJ GOP Leadership Summit

Smith announces student art competition

The top winner—Best in Show—is recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and is displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. The 2019 winner of Best in Show from the Fourth Congressional District was “Family Tree,” by Anna Effenberger, of Colts Neck, a 2019 graduate at the Ranney School. Anna’s work remains on display in the Capitol through June 2020.

High school students who live in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey (parts of Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties) have until March 13 to enter the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, Congressman Chris Smith announced.

The competition is open to current high school students with artwork recently completed, or works specifically created just for the competition, that meet the originality, suitability, size and other entry guidelines of the national competition. Click here for 2020 rules of entry, entry forms, a list of towns in the Fourth District and other important information.

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Posted: March 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Smith announces student art competition

Smith calls on NJ Leaders to combat human trafficking, return civility to politics, in keynote address

photo courtesy of NJ Chamber of Commerce via facebook

In his keynote address to leaders of New Jersey’s business community and government at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual Congressional Diner in Washington, Congressman Chris Smith acknowledged his audience’s efforts in job creation and in combating the coronavirus outbreak before challenging the leaders to step up their efforts to combat human trafficking and to increase the civility of the political discourse in New Jersey and nationwide.

Smith’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below :

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Posted: February 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Smith calls on NJ Leaders to combat human trafficking, return civility to politics, in keynote address