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China’s deception on coronavirus – here’s how we hold their leadership accountable

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4)

By Congressman Chris Smith

Last December, when it became obvious China faced a deadly disease of historic dimensions, Xi Jinping and his government went into damage control mode.

We are not talking about controlling the terrible damage wrought by COVID-19 among humans, but rather the damage to China’s reputation as an emerging global leader, fearing that a carefully crafted, but bogus image would be damaged as more people around the world succumbed to COVID-19.

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Rep Smith’s Bill Would Forgive Sandy Loans and Stop Claw-backs of RREM Grants

Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden prepare to survey Hurricane Sandy damage. November, 2012. Smith’s new legislation would assist citizens and towns still recovering from Sandy while also dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Legislation introduced on Friday by Congressman Chris Smith and co-sponsored by Congressman Jeff Van Drew would provide a major assist to citizens and municipalities still recovering from Superstorm Sandy as they now deal with the COVID-19 crisis as well.

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Rep Smith: NJ To Receive $1.7 billion for public transportation

Congressman Chris Smith at work in his Hamilton, NJ office

The State of New Jersey was awarded $1.7 billion by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to shore up its mass transit system from the economic upheaval caused of the coronavirus pandemic, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) announced on Friday.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, New Jersey, NJ DOT, NJ Transit | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Smith announces emergency CARE Act funds for CD-4 towns

Congressman Chris Smith at work in his Freehold District Office.

Local governments in the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey were awarded $4.5 million in federal CARE Act funds to help areas stabilize and recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) announced.

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Congressman Smith helps 17 escape Peru’s quarantine

Dylan Budnick, 24, of Middletown, vacationing in Peru prior to the countrywide quarantine. Photo courtesy of the Budnick family

Seventeen Americans who were trapped in Peru after the South American country abruptly shut its borders in response to the COVID-19 crisis, have safely returned to their families in the United States, or are on their way home, thanks in large measure to the efforts of Congressman Chris Smith.

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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.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: March 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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: , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith Working To Bring Americans Trapped In Peru Back Home

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: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Chris Smith asks the White House to speed up COVID-19 treatments

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: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rep Chris Smith is supporting County Governments’ Work To Thwart The Spread of COVID-19