Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

NEW JERSEY's 4th DISTRICT

<span class="kicker">Trentonian article:</span>$14M Grant staves off layoffs at Trenton Fire Department

2015/08/22

By Scott Ketterer, The Trentonian Staff

TRENTON - Trenton firefighters slated for layoffs can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a $14 million grant.

A total of 59 firefighters were issued layoff notices that would have been effective in September, but this grant saves those jobs.

The grant was obtained through the help of Congressman Chris Smith.

“This grant is first and foremost about public safety and about firefighters whose life-saving jobs are slated for elimination,” Smith said in an e-mailed statement. “Trenton is the historic capital of New Jersey and this grant helps protect the many thousands of people who live, work and visit the city. Of course, it’s also good news for the firefighters personally and their families who have been facing a bleak summer if the lay-offs had gone through as planned.”

The total for the SAFER grant over a two-year period is $14,076,912. The award, according to the release, directs about $13,204,000 to retain 59 active firefighters slated to be laid off and $872,900 for the hiring of five entry level firefighters. The release said the five new positions are expected to offset the expected retirement of some active members. Further, according to the release issued by Smith’s office, he has assisted in helping Trenton Firefighters to obtain $42,576,950 in grants, and helped to prevent the City from laying off almost one-third the department.

The proposed layoff plan would have closed four companies, phasing out the city’s rescue and haz-mat teams, the release said. The effects would also be felt in the ranks of the department with demotions of two battalion chiefs to captains, 18 captains to privates and the elimination of 59 privates, the release indicated.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). It is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

The release said that SAFER grants provide assistance to fire departments to help provide communities with adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The SAFER program supports several critical activities, such as the rehiring of laid-off firefighters, the retention of firefighters facing layoffs, the hiring of new firefighters, and recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Grants are used to pay the salaries and benefits of firefighters hired with grant funds over the two-year award performance period.

The article appeared in print on Aug.22 a:  http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20150821/14m-grant-staves-off-layoffs-at-trenton-fire-department
 

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<span class="kicker">Word at the Shore News Article on Smith announcement</span>Federal Funds Will Allow Local Highway To Be Widened

2015/08/22

BY CHRIS SHELDON - A 1.2 mile section of Route 66 will be widened thanks to $12 million in federal funding.

Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) announced the project this week and stated the project will help ease summer on a highway that sees a crash rate "three times the state average for this type of roadway.

"This project is long overdue," Smith said in a release. "And today's progress is a great example of tenacity and a teamwork approach with local, state and federal partners all working together to resolve a long-standing problem."

The 1.2 mile section of the highway, stretching from just east of the Garden State Parkway from Jumping Brook Road to Bowne Road/Wayside Road, just west of Route 18, helps link between Tinton Falls and Ocean Township. This section will be widened from two to four lanes and turning lanes and a median will also be created.

Also included in the plan are new traffic signals, crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks, improved access to retail businesses and storm water retention. A new jug handle has also been proposed at the intersection of Route 66 and Wayside Road.

In November, planners expect to hold a public meeting in Neptune to provide additional information on the proposed plan. The engineering phase will begin and is scheduled to run through 2018. Construction is estimated to take place in 2019.

Smith said Route 66 is an important public safety corridor as it serves an emergency evacuation route and also provides access to and from the Garden State Parkway.

This article was originally published on Aug. 19 at:

http://www.wordontheshore.com/federal-funds-will-allow-local-highway-to-be-widened--cms-4361

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<span class="kicker">Trenton Times news article:</span>Trenton Fire Department gets $14M to avoid layoffs

2015/08/22

By Trenton Times Staff Writer Cristina Rojas -

Recent layoff notices issued to 59 Trenton firefighters will now be rescinded thanks to a new $14 million federal grant awarded to the fire department, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) announced Friday.

The department will get an estimated $13.2 million to retain 59 active firefighters and another $872,900 to hire five entry-level firefighters to make up for expected retirements.

The money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, will fund the jobs for the next two years.


RELATED: Trenton issuing layoff notices to 64 city firefighters


"This grant is first and foremost about public safety and about firefighters whose life-saving jobs are slated for elimination," said Smith, who helped secure the funding. 

Smith and U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th Dist.), who was also involved in the effort, both said the grant is a boon to the city and affected families.

"The city's residents and businesses can rest easy knowing that a full and dedicated firefighting force is ready to act — and the families of these public servants can take comfort in the knowledge that their livelihoods are safe as well," Watson Coleman said.

The layoffs, which would have become effective next month, would have had a devastating impact on the department, Smith said.

Four companies would have had to close, the city's rescue and hazardous materials team would have had to be phased out, two battalion chiefs would have been demoted to captains, 18 captains demoted to privates and 59 privates laid off.

Smith has helped the department get the SAFER grant twice before: in 2010 to save 61 jobs and in 2012 to save 55 jobs.

The congressman credited retired Battalion Chief John Gribbin, volunteer grant writer Lisa Willever and department CFO Mark Robotin with working on the application.

"I have worked with this trio for six years to prevent these layoffs," he said. "They are tireless and this day would not have come without them."

The article was printed on page 1of the Aug. 22 edition of the Times of Trenton and can be found here:
 http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/08/trenton_fire_department_gets_14m_to_avoid_layoffs.html
 

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<span class="kicker">Star Ledger Article on Smith Announcement</span>$12 million in fed funds will widen Route 66

2015/08/21

BY MARYANN SPOTTO, STAR LEDGER STAFF WRITER - For those motorists who have to endure the traffic jams on Route 66 through Neptune Township, help is on the horizon.

The state is getting $12 million in federal funding to widen a section of the road that has remained one lane in each direction despite rapid development in the area over the past decade, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) announced on Tuesday.

The 1.2-mile section of the highway slated for widening runs east of the Garden State Parkway from Jumping Brook Road to Browne Road/Wayside Road, just west of Route 18 in Monmouth County.

    
 
Smith, whose district now includes Neptune Township, said plans had been on the books for a widening project over the past three decades but the project was never funded and the work never got done.

He said then-mayor Michael Brantley approached him last summer about the need for the widening project.

The area is plagued by daily bumper-to-bumper traffic jams which are worsened during the summer months," Smith said.

He said studies show the crash rate on Route 66 is three times the state average for its type of road.

The highway is an important public safety corridor because it serves as a coastal evacuation route and provides access to and from the Garden State Parkway, he said.

Included in the plan are new traffic signals, crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks, improved access to retail businesses and storm water retention.  A new jughandle is proposed at the intersection of Route 66 and Wayside Road.

Planners expect to hold a public meeting in Neptune in November to provide additional information on the proposed project. The engineering phase will begin and is scheduled to run through 2018. Construction is estimated to take place in 2019.

"For over a decade, the Neptune Township committee had been working aggressively with the state and county agencies to try to alleviate the backups and bottlenecks on Route 66," said Brantley, who is now a township committeeman. "If we get this done, it would improve travel for a lot of motorists in this part of the county."

This article was originally printed on page 10 of the Aug. 20, 2015 edition of the Newark Star Ledger and online at:
 http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2015/08/traffic_headaches_on_route_66_could_be_history.html

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<span class="kicker">Rep. Smith announces...</span>Trenton Firefighters Facing Layoffs Saved for 2 Years w/ New $14M Federal Grant

2015/08/21

Recent layoff notices for 59 firefighters won’t be worth the paper they're printed on thanks to a new $14 million federal grant for the fire department of the capital of New Jersey, announced Congressman Chris Smith, who worked to help obtain the funding for the third consecutive two-year period.

    Layoff notices were prepared and issued to firefighters this summer and would have been effective in September. Firefighters have not been laid off yet, in hopes of the grant.

    “This grant is first and foremost about public safety and about firefighters whose life-saving jobs are slated for elimination,” Smith said. “Trenton is the historic capital of New Jersey and this grant helps protect the many thousands of people who live, work and visit the city. Of course, it’s also good news for the firefighters personally and their families who have been facing a bleak summer if the lay-offs had gone through as planned.”

    “This is a competitive grant awarded on need and merit and I commend the leaders of this effort: former Battalion Chief John Gribbin, who in his retirement has continued to lead the way for this grant, volunteer grant writer Lisa Willever and TFD CFO Mark Robotin,” Smith said. “I have worked with this trio for six years to prevent these lay-offs. They are tireless and this day would not have come without them.”

    Smith also congratulated Mayor Jackson and the council who have supported efforts to obtain this funding.

    The total via the FY2015 SAFER Program is $14,076,912 for a two-year period. The grant application award directs an estimated $13,204,000 to retain 59 active firefighters slated to be laid off and $872,900 for the hiring of five entry level firefighters.

    Since 2010, Smith has assisted Trenton Firefighters in obtaining a total funding of $42,576,950 in grants, and helped to prevent the City from laying off of nearly one-third of fire department members.

    Additionally, five entry-level positions will be funded to offset expected retirements. This new FY2014 SAFER grant is in addition to the FY2012 grant of $14.9 million to save 55 jobs and provided funding for nine entry level positions, and $13.6 million FY2010 SAFER grant Smith helped obtain to save 61 jobs.

    Grant committee members Gribbin, Robotin, and Willever expressed “gratitude to Rep. Chris Smith and his entire office, both locally and in Washington D.C., for their tireless efforts and support of this grant.” “The work of the Trenton Fire Department is vital to the protection of city residents and infrastructure as well as the state's capital complex," said Gribbin. "Representative Smith's continued efforts make the success of this highly trained department possible.”

    Smith began working on the latest grant in 2014, meeting with Gribbin and Willever in 2014 and 2015. He wrote a letter to FEMA in May 2015. Previously, he wrote a letter to the FEMA grant director in 2012 detailing the city’s great need. When necessary, Congressman also spoke with the key decision-makers and top grant officials at FEMA, working closely with then-Special Operations Chief John Gribbin. He sent a letter to FEMA arguing the city’s case, focusing on the budgetary woes the Garden State’s capital was facing and public safety. In December 2010, Smith helped obtain a waiver for the City after it inadvertently became ineligible for the grant when it postponed planned layoffs until after the New Year.

    The layoff plan would have had a devastating impact on public safety, including closing four companies and phasing-out the city’s rescue and hazardous materials team. Personnel would have been gutted as well, with demotions of two battalion chiefs to captains, 18 captains to privates, and elimination of 59 privates.

    The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). It is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

    SAFER grants provide assistance to fire departments to help provide communities with adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The SAFER program supports several critical activities, such as the rehiring of laid-off firefighters, the retention of firefighters facing layoffs, the hiring of new firefighters, and recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.  Grants are used to pay the salaries and benefits of firefighters hired with grant funds over the two-year award performance period.

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Trenton Fire Department gets $14M to avoid layoffs

2015/08/21

Recent layoff notices issued to 59 Trenton firefighters will now be rescinded thanks to a new $14 million federal grant awarded to the fire department, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) announced Friday.

The department will get an estimated $13.2 million to retain 59 active firefighters and another $872,900 to hire five entry-level firefighters to make up for expected retirements.

The money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, will fund the jobs for the next two years.


RELATED: Trenton issuing layoff notices to 64 city firefighters


"This grant is first and foremost about public safety and about firefighters whose life-saving jobs are slated for elimination," said Smith, who helped secure the funding. "This grant helps protect the many thousands of people who live, work and visit the city.

"Of course, it's also good news for the firefighters personally and their families who have been facing a bleak summer if the layoffs had gone through as planned," he continued.

The layoffs, which would have become effective next month, would have had a devastating impact on the department, Smith said.

Four companies would have had to close, the city's rescue and hazardous materials team would have had to be phased out, two battalion chiefs would have been demoted to captains, 18 captains demoted to privates and 59 privates laid off.

Smith has helped the department get the SAFER grant twice before: in 2010 to save 61 jobs and in 2012 to save 55 jobs.

The congressman credited retired Battalion Chief John Gribbin, volunteer grant writer Lisa Willever and department CFO Mark Robotin with working on the application.

"I have worked with this trio for six years to prevent these layoffs," he said. "They are tireless and this day would not have come without them."

Cristina Rojas may be reached at crojas@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaRojasTT. Find The Times of Trenton on Facebook.

This article was originally published at:  http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/08/trenton_fire_department_gets_14m_to_avoid_layoffs.html#incart_river

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Smith: Iran Nuclear Deal Egregiously Flawed, Will Vote No

2015/08/21

Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) said the revelation by the Associated Press that the United Nations agency responsible for monitoring Iran’s compliance with the Administration-backed nuclear deal has entered into a side agreement that would allow Iranians to inspect their own nuclear facility further discredits the deal and justifies his opposition to this agreement.  (See Rep. Smith’s earlier statement on the House floor about the Iranian nuclear agreement.)

 

            According to the Associated Press report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reached a heretofore secret arrangement with Iran that would allow Iranian inspectors to investigate allegations that atomic weapons are being produced at the Parchin nuclear site. There have been persistent rumors of such activity at Parchin, as well as rumors of the IAEA agreement conceding inspections of the site to Iran.

 

            “This is an outrageous arrangement. Even though the United States and the other international negotiators are not believed to have been a direct party to this secret deal, the Associated Press reported that the international negotiators endorsed it as part of the overall agreement,” Smith said.  “The Administration and the other partners to this Iran nuclear deal had an abiding interest in keeping this IAEA arrangement secret because it invalidates the entire nuclear deal.”

 

            Even in the aftermath of the Associated Press report, the Administration continues to claim that the nuclear deal has stringent safeguards to prevent Iranian cheating on the agreement.  As recently as this past Wednesday, White House spokesman Ned Price said, “The IAEA has separately developed the most robust inspection regime ever peacefully negotiated.”

 

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<span class="kicker">Asbury Park Press article on Smith Announcement</span>'Finally, a fix for Route 66?'

2015/08/19

BY NICQUEL TERRY, APP STAFF WRITER - In an effort to mitigate the traffic congestion along Route 66, state officials have proposed a $12 million widening project that would expand the roadway from two lanes to four.

The plan, detailed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation this week, looks to widen a 1.2 mile stretch of Route 66, from Jumping Brook Road to Wayside Road, which has a history of delays and bottlenecks, officials say.

A statement from Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ 04) office said the new roadway would include turning lanes, a median, crosswalks, sidewalks and improved access to retail businesses.

The project is expected to be federally funded with construction beginning in 2019.

“The area is plagued by daily, bumper-to-bumper traffic jams which are worsened during the summer months,” Smith said in the statement. “Studies show the crash rate on Route 66 is three times the state average for this type of roadway, making the need for improvements even more critical.”

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Route 66 serves as a major roadway for local traffic as it provides access to and from the Garden State Parkway, Asbury Park– a tourist destination–, and a stream of restaurants and retail outlets that have moved to the area in recent years.

According to Smith’s office, the road was built in the early 1940s and has had few upgrades since then. Smith said Route 66 is an emergency evacuation route for tens of thousands of Shore area residents.

“During storms—when the need for expeditious evacuation is paramount, the traffic moves at an alarmingly slow pace,” Smith said.

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Neptune Committeeman Michael Brantley, formerly the mayor, has lobbied for the expansion of Route 66– a project he says has been discussed and stalled for more than 30 years.

“For over a decade, the Neptune Township Committee has been working aggressively with the state and county agencies to try to alleviate the backups and bottlenecks on Route 66,” Brantley said in a statement. “If we can get this done, it would improve travel for a lot of motorists in this part of the county.”

State and local officials plan to hold a meeting in Neptune in November to provide additional information on the project.

This article was originally printed on Aug. 19, 2015 on Pages 1, 3 and 4 and online at:
http://www.app.com/story/news/local/neptune-wall/neptune/2015/08/18/route-sixty-six-expansion-planned/31938957/
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Improvements Planned for Rt. 66

2015/08/18

After decades of delays, a project to reduce bottlenecks and improve traffic and safety on Route 66 through Neptune Township is moving ahead, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) announced today.

This project is long overdue,” said Smith. “And today’s progress is a great example of tenacity and a teamwork approach with local, state and federal partners all working together to resolve a long-standing problem.”

At a meeting between State, federal and local officials earlier this week, a plan was detailed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to widen and improve a 1.2 mile section of Route 66 from two to four lanes, with turning lanes and a median. Federal funding is expected to pay for the $12 million project.

The need to widen Route 66 had been acknowledged and on the books for over 30 years, yet no shovel had ever been put to ground, Smith noted. The roadway was built in the early 1940s and has few upgrades since that time. Since the first proposals for upgrades were discussed many years ago, more and more people have moved to the surrounding area, and multiple retail outlets and restaurants have populated the road. All of that growth has added to the already-crowded roadway, which precipitously narrows from four lanes to two lanes for roughly one mile before reverting back to four lanes.

Smith said “the area is plagued by daily, bumper-to-bumper traffic jams which are worsened during the summer months.” He added that “that studies show the crash rate on Route 66 is three times the state average for this type of roadway, making the need for improvements even more critical.”

Additionally, the roadway serves as an emergency evacuation route for tens of thousands of Jersey Shore residents and provides access to and from the Garden State Parkway.  This makes it an important public safety corridor, said Smith.

During storms—when the need for expeditious evacuation is paramount, the traffic moves at an alarmingly slow pace,” said Smith. “Past hurricanes and nor’easters have shown us how crucial this roadway is to public safety. Merging into a bottleneck is a dangerous situation that needs to be remedied. This plan is the remedy.

Smith was not the congressman for Neptune Township until 2013, and the issue was brought to his attention in 2014.

Last July, Mayor Brantley approached me on the Ocean Grove boardwalk and expressed the community’s frustration that the project to widen Route 66 had been discussed for over 30 years, but seemed eternally stalled. He asked for my help,” said Smith.  “Within days my staff met with Neptune officials to start working toward relief.”

Following that meeting, Smith reached out to the NJDOT Commissioner asking for a meeting with state officials. The State responded with the good news that a pavement reconstruction project would soon begin, but that pavement project has grown into a much more comprehensive plan.

The plan discussed Monday addresses all the deficiencies identified by research including pavement, intersections, traffic operations, safety and ADA compliance. Included in the plan are new traffic signals, crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks, improved access to retail businesses and storm water retention.  A new jughandle is proposed at the intersection of Route 66 and Wayside Road.

In November, planners expect to hold a public meeting in Neptune to provide additional information on the proposed plan. The engineering phase will begin and is scheduled to run through 2018. Construction is estimated to take place in 2019.

In a letter to then-Mayor Brantley in August 2014 Smith expressed his commitment to the project. His staff and NJDOT officials subsequently met to discuss details for the project and how he could help secure federal support at different stages and different agencies along the way. 

For over a decade, the Neptune Township Committee has been working aggressively with the State and County agencies to try to alleviate the backups and bottlenecks on Route 66. Last summer, we contacted Congressman Smith asking for his help, and we are pleased the project is moving forward and we will continue with our full attention to the progress. If we can get this done, it would improve travel for a lot of motorists in this part of the county,” said Dr. Michael Brantley, now a committeeman in Neptune.

I want to applaud everyone who has been involved in this project,” said Smith. “From the officials and engineers in Neptune Township and the staff of the Monmouth County public works department to the state officials and the NJDOT and NJ Transportation Planning Authority to the Federal Highway Administration—this is a genuine team effort with all levels of government working to mitigate a long-standing bottleneck.”

I am pleased to have been able to help push through the red tape and resistance on this broken down highway project and move it forward to mitigate the historic and burdensome traffic delays on Route 66,” Smith said.

Congressman Smith reached out to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Commissioner Bob Martin regarding the need for the project. Smith also wrote in a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Acting Administrator Gregory Nadeau in December 2014 asking for the agency’s support.  Click here to read Smith’s letter to FHWA. In August 2014, Smith sent a letter of support to NJDOT Acting Commissioner Joseph Bertoni about the need to address the traffic, congestion and safety of the coastal evacuation route. Click here to read Smith’s letter to NJDOT.  He also corresponded with NJDOT Commissioner Jamie Foxx on the matter.

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<span class="kicker">Squandering the Opportunity To Advance Liberty and Justice for All </span>Obama Raises White Flag on Human Rights Abuses in Cuba

2015/08/14

“The ceremonial raising of the venerated Stars and Stripes at the reopened American Embassy in Cuba this morning cannot hide the fact that the island nation remains one of the worst places on earth for those who long for the freedoms embodied in the American flag,” says Rep. Chris Smith chairman of a congressional panel that oversees global human rights.

“The Obama Administration’s sea change in policy towards Cuba—evident by the ceremonial events of today, Cuba’s recent removal from our nation’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, and last month’s decision to upgrade Cuba on the annual Trafficking in Persons’ list—flies in the face of the reality on the ground and tragically leaves victims of human rights abuses solely in the hands of a brutal dictator, one with new American credentials.

“The Administration could have, and they should have, used the considerable leverage America possesses to seek to better the condition of the Cuban people. Instead, President Obama has raised a white flag on fighting for human rights while seeking to give the appearance of a diplomatic breakthrough,” Smith said.

Smith, who is a leading voice for political dissidents in Cuba and the author of the Cuba Human Rights Act (H.R. 1782) introduced earlier this year, noted that conditions in that country have not changed at all since the Obama Administration has pushed for the so-called normalized relations.

“It is no secret that human rights in Cuba remain in a deplorable state—that Afro-Cubans in particular face discrimination on a day-to-day basis and that human rights activists, including women, are treated with ongoing brutality.

“The Castro government sanctions murders, beatings, arrests and re-arrests of those who merely seek to advance basic fundamental human rights,” he said.

Smith, who has applied for several visas to visit political prisoners in Cuba and has been denied every time, said he and like-minded colleagues in Congress will not relent in their efforts to support and help the dissidents in Cuba.

“The President’s actions notwithstanding we must continue to remind the world that Cuba remains a Communist dictatorship which continues to arrest political dissidents and one whose caudillo, Raul Castro, has declared would not change, even in response to the Obama Administration’s concessions,” he said.

“Similarly we will remind all that this is the same Castro regime that harbors at least 70fugitives from justice, including such as Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted in the 1973 murder of a state trooper in my home state of New Jersey, Officer Werner Foerster.”

Smith also pointed to testimony from a hearing he held earlier this year, submitted by Christopher J. Burgos, the President of the State Troopers Fraternal Organization of New Jersey, in which Burgos said State Troopers “are shocked and very disappointed that returning a convicted killer of a State Trooper was not already demanded and accomplished in the context of the steps announced by the White House regarding this despotic dictatorship.”

“Working towards a new day with Cuba could be an admirable goal if any important human rights milestones were identified or met along the way. Regrettably this Administration has made numerous, effectively unilateral concessions squandering leverage and abandoning the suffering, heroic human rights activists of Cuba,”
Smith said.


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Foreign Affairs

Elected in 1980, Rep. Chris Smith (R-Robbinsville, N.J.) is currently in his 17th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. Smith, 60, currently serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is chairman of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. In 2011-2012 he chaired both the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He also serves as “Special Representative” on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and as an executive member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Veterans Committee (two terms) and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Operations and the Subcommittee on Africa.

Smith has long chaired a number of bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life (31 years), Autism (15 years), Alzheimer’s (13 years), Lyme Disease (nineyears), Spina Bifida (nine years), Human Trafficking (nine years), Refugees (nine years), and Combating Anti-Semitism caucuses, and serves on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam.

According to the independent watchdog organization Govtrack, as of January 2014 Smith ranks fourth among all 435 Members of the House over the last two decades in the number of laws authored.

He is the author of America’s three landmark anti-human trafficking laws including The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a comprehensive law designed to prevent modern-day slavery, protect victims, and enhance civil and criminal penalties against traffickers, as well as more than a dozen veterans health, education and homeless benefits laws, and laws to boost embassy security, promote democracy, religious freedom, and health care.

Smith is the author of the $265 million Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 which established a nationwide program for ethical research and treatment using umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells. That landmark law was reauthorized in September 2010 for another five years.
In October 2011, Smith’s bill, HR 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011, was signed into law (Public Law PL112-32), a follow-up to his Autism Statistics, Surveillance, Research, and Epidemiology Act (ASSURE) of 2000.

A lifelong New Jerseyan, Congressman Smith graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in business administration. Prior to being elected to Congress, he helped run a small business– his family’s wholesale sporting goods corporation. He is also the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee.

The congressman is married to his wife of 35 years, Marie, and they have four grown children.


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