To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Chris Smith (New Jersey politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chris Smith
Chris Smith official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1981
Preceded byFrank Thompson
Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
In office
January 4, 2001 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byBob Stump
Succeeded bySteve Buyer
Personal details
Christopher Henry Smith

(1953-03-04) March 4, 1953 (age 67)
Rahway, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (1978–present)
Other political
Democratic (before 1978)
Spouse(s)Marie Smith
EducationThe College of New Jersey (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Christopher Henry Smith (born March 4, 1953) is an American politician currently serving in his 20th term as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district, having served since 1981. The district includes portions of Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Smith has been nominated and confirmed twice to serve as a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2015 for the 70th session[1] and nominated again by President Donald Trump in 2017 for the 72nd session.[2][3]

Smith is currently the Dean of New Jersey's Congressional Delegation, and was the delegation's sole Republican elected to the 116th Congress.[4] Smith has focused much of his career on human rights,[5][6] sponsoring numerous pieces of human rights and anti-human trafficking legislation and leading human rights missions to other countries.

Early life, education, and early career

Smith was born in Rahway, New Jersey, on March 4, 1953.[7] He attended St. Mary's High School in Perth Amboy, where he competed athletically as a runner and wrestler.[8]

Smith worked in his family's sporting goods business and earned the Eagle Scout rank. After graduating with a B.A. from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) in 1975, he became executive director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee in 1976.[citation needed] In 1976, he managed the primary campaign of attorney Steven Foley against incumbent Senator Harrison Williams.[9]

Originally a Democrat, he switched parties and became a Republican in 1978.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives

Smith with President Ronald Reagan in 1985
Smith with President Ronald Reagan in 1985



While working at his family's sporting goods store, 25-year-old Smith ran for Congress as a Republican in 1978. He lost to longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Congressman Frank Thompson 61%–37%.[11][12]


In 1980 he ran again in a rematch. Initially, Smith was thought to have a very slim chance of winning, but Thompson was indicted as part of the FBI's Abscam probe.[10] With the race now considered competitive, Republicans considered replacing Smith, but two alternative candidates seen as more competitive, Hamilton mayor John K. Rafferty and 1978 Senate nominee Jeff Bell, declined.[9] Helped by Ronald Reagan's strong performance in the district, Smith defeated Thompson 57%–41%.[13]


In 1982, Smith's district was redrawn to include more Democratic voters[9] and his Democratic opponent was former New Jersey Senate President Joseph P. Merlino, who had run a competitive campaign for Governor the year before. It was widely assumed in New Jersey that Smith's 1980 victory over the scandal-plagued Thompson was a fluke, and that he would lose reelection after one term.[9] At the end of one of their debates, Smith approached Merlino to exchange pleasantries. Merlino was quoted as saying "Beat it, kid." Nonetheless, Smith defeated Merlino with 53% of the vote.[14][15]

Subsequently, a federal court found the 1982 re-districting was impermissible gerrymandering, and Smith's district was redrawn to more closely resemble the one used in 1980.[9][16] He has not faced another contest that close since.


In 1984, Smith defeated AFSCME union head James Hedden, 61%–39%.

In 1986, Smith defeated Jeffrey Laurenti, Executive Director of the State Senate Democratic office, 61%–38%.[9]

In 1988, Smith defeated Betty Holland, wife of longtime Trenton mayor Arthur Holland, 66%–33%.[9]

In 1990, Smith defeated attorney Mark Setaro, 63%–34%.[9]

In 1992, Smith defeated Brian Hughes, the son of former Governor Richard J. Hughes, 62%–35%.[9]

In 1994, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Ralph Walsh, 68%–31%.[9]

In 1996, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Kevin Meara, 64%–34%.[9]

In 1998, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Larry Schneider, 62%–35%.[9]

In 2000, Smith defeated Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, 62%–35%.[9]

In 2002, Smith defeated Mary Brennan, 66%–32%.[9]

In 2004, Smith defeated attorney Amy Vazquez[9]

In 2006, Smith defeated Carol Gay, 66%–33%. Smith's 66% was the highest percentage for any Republican in the New Jersey delegation.[17]

In 2008, Smith defeated college history professor Joshua M. Zeitz, 66%–32%.[18]

Former Speaker John Boehner, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressmembers Nita Lowey and Chris Smith meet the Tibetan leader 14th Dalai Lama in 2011
Former Speaker John Boehner, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressmembers Nita Lowey and Chris Smith meet the Tibetan leader 14th Dalai Lama in 2011

In 2010, Smith received 69.4% of the vote, coming in ahead of Democratic candidate Howard Kleinhendler, Libertarian candidate Joe Siano, Green Party candidate Steven Welzer, and American Renaissance Movement candidate David Meiswinkle.[19]

In 2012, Smith defeated Brian Froelich 64%–35%.[19]

In 2014, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Ruben Scolanio, 68%–31%.

In 2016, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Lorna Phillipson in 63%–33%.

In 2018, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Joshua Welle, receiving 55% of the vote to Welle's 43%. Smith was the only Republican to win a Congressional race in New Jersey that year, reducing the GOP to its smallest presence in New Jersey's House delegation since 1918. This was Smith's closest re-election since 1982.


Smith was ranked as the 17th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey) in the Bipartisan Index by The Lugar Center.[20]

It was revealed in October 2015 that intern applicants for Smith's office were required to rate "27 different personalities, organizations and political issues to indicate whether they tend to agree with them, disagree with them or have no opinion or knowledge of them." Personalities and organizations included Rachel Maddow, the Pope, Planned Parenthood, and The National Right to Life Committee.[21]

Congressman Christopher Smith presented the Purple Heart Medal to Tuskegee Airman Tech. Sgt. (Ret.) George Watson Sr. with then Col. Gina M. Grosso, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst commander
Congressman Christopher Smith presented the Purple Heart Medal to Tuskegee Airman Tech. Sgt. (Ret.) George Watson Sr. with then Col. Gina M. Grosso, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst commander

In January 2001, Smith became chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee and there pushed for policies opposed by the Republican leadership, including voting against the Republican and for the Democratic budget resolution because the latter included more spending on veterans programs, which resulted in his losing the chairmanship in January 2005, two years short of the normal six-year term.[22] Smith passed 22 laws addressing veterans issues while he was chairman.[23]

In 2004, Smith refused to endorse the Republican budget proposal unless it included more money for veterans. In a congressional hearing, Smith publicly articulated his belief that the Bush Administration's budget request was $1.2 billion less than the Department of Veterans Affairs actually required, embarrassing the administration and Republican congressional leadership.[24]

Smith did not expect a challenge for the chair when Congress convened in 2005. However, Steve Buyer, the fourth ranking Republican on the committee, asked for an interview with the Republican Steering Committee, and on January 5, 2005 it voted to make him chairman. That decision was ratified by the Republican Conference on January 6, and Smith was removed from the committee altogether. Smith stated at the time, "I don't look at power as something to hold. I see the power of the gavel as a strategic opportunity to do good, to use it in every way to help veterans", he said in his speech to the Conference. New Jersey Republicans expressed dismay, and New Jersey Democrats and the leaders of just about every veterans group expressed outrage. Richard B. Fuller, the national legislative director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, said, "The Republicans needed a chairman who would consistently say no to veterans' groups and say yes to the Republican leadership. That meant get rid of Chris Smith."[25]


U.S. Congressman Chris Smith presents resolution at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as Special Representative on Human Trafficking Issues
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith presents resolution at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as Special Representative on Human Trafficking Issues

On May 6, 2014, Smith introduced the bill International Megan's Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (H.R. 4573; 113th Congress), which would require the notification of foreign governments when an American registered as a sex offender of children is going to be traveling to their country.[26][27][28]

As of April 2020, FiveThirtyEight reported that Smith voted in line with President Donald Trump's position 67.7% of the time, the third-lowest percentage among current Republican members of Congress after fellow New Jerseyan Jeff Van Drew, who was a member of the Democratic Party, and Brian Fitzpatrick. Relative to the partisan lean of their respective districts, only Van Drew and Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie were less likely than Smith to vote with President Trump.[29]

Committee assignments

Political positions


Smith is strongly anti-abortion. He is a co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and is co-chair of the Trump Administration's Pro-Life Coalition.[30][31] He supports the Mexico City policy, which blocks U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services.[32]

In 2000, Smith voted to support HR 3660, which bans partial-birth abortions, unless the woman's life is at risk.[33]

Smith expressed support for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, an amendment to America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.[34]

Smith has introduced various forms of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, starting with the original proposal in 2011. The original 2011 proposal prohibited federal funds from being used for health benefits that cover abortion, unless in the case of rape, incest or if the woman could die. It also disqualified abortions from being written off on taxes.[33] Two years later, in 2013, he re-introduced the proposal, which further restricted insurance coverage of abortions.[35] The bill passed the House but has yet to be voted on by the Senate.[36][37]

Domestic violence

Smith voted for the original 1994 Violence Against Women Act and co-sponsored the re-authorization bills of 2000 and 2005, the latter of which provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave un-prosecuted.[38] However, Smith voted against re-authorizing the act in 2013, due the Senate version of the bill's cutting of funding for the Trafficking in Persons Office at the State Department, which Smith's Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 created.[39][40]


As of 2017, Smith has a lifetime score of 62% on the National Environmental Scorecard of the League of Conservation Voters.[41] Smith believes in climate change and has called it a "global challenge that must be addressed with a global solution."[42]

Smith is also opposed to offshore drilling, particularly in New Jersey. He has said of the Trump Administration's plan to explore drilling off the coast of New Jersey "Not here, not now, not ever."[43]


Smith opposes concealed carry.[44] In 2016, Smith was one of four Republicans to receive a 100% rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and has generally received low or intermediate ratings from pro-gun organizations Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association.[45]

Smith did not co-sponsor the Brady Campaign's proposed legislation to expand background checks for gun purchasers and did not receive any contributions from the corporate gun lobby. Smith was one of only two Republicans in the New Jersey delegation not identified by the Brady Campaign as a "lapdog" for corporate gun lobbyists.[46]

Smith was one of five Republicans to co-sponsor HR 8 in the 116th Congress, which would require mandatory background checks for gun sales.[47]

Mass shootings

Smith called the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting "tragic beyond words" and said "The terrorist's motive, if linked to radical Islamist ideology, underscores the escalating national and worldwide threat from global jihad." [48]

In the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Smith co-sponsored a ban on bump stocks with Leonard Lance.[49]

Health care

Smith has written three major laws to address autism, including the most recent Autism CARES which included $1.3 billion in funding for research, services and supports and requires a report on aging out.[50]

On May 9, 2014, Smith introduced the bill Autism CARES Act of 2014, a bill that would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize research, surveillance, and education activities related to autism spectrum disorders (autism) conducted by various agencies within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).[51]

On May 9, 2019, Smith was one of only three Republicans who voted for HR 986, a measure supported by all voting House Democrats intended to maintain protections of those with pre-existing medical conditions to have continued access to affordable medical insurance under the existing provisions of the Affordable Care Act.[52] Five weeks earlier, Smith had voted with seven other Republicans to pass a resolution condemning the Trump administration's efforts by Department of Justice to have the courts invalidate "ObamaCare."[53]

Human rights

Congressman Chris Smith speaks at the United Nations
Congressman Chris Smith speaks at the United Nations

Smith advocates for human rights, serving on numerous committees that seek to impact both national and international laws and legislation. He has stated that the bills he introduces to the house are meant to make the U.S. take "human rights seriously."[54]

In 1999, Smith proposed, as part of the American Embassy Security Act, to stop a U.S. sponsored program which provided training to Royal Ulster Constabulary with the FBI, due to claims of human rights violations, i.e. harassment of defense attorneys representing republicans in Northern Ireland.[55] However, he voted no on a bill that halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia and removes troops from Yemen.[56]

He supported the return David Goldman's son in the Goldman child abduction case, which involved a trip to Brazil.[57] Smith acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and has made calls for the U.S. to recognize it.[58]

In 2017, Smith co-sponsored an effort to prioritize human rights in Azerbaijan with Jim McGovern. The H. Res. 537 act also seeks to see further implementation of the Magnitsky Act regarding Azerbaijani officials, as well as a call for Azerbaijan to release all political prisoners.[59] He supports efforts to deport Jakiw Palij, a denaturalized former American citizen residing in New York who failed to disclose he worked as a guard at a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.[60] Smith condemned Turkey's wide-ranging crackdown on dissent following a failed July 2016 coup.[61]


Smith has held congressional hearings and has proposed bills regarding human rights violations, specifically around women's sexual health, activism and religious groups, in China. He staunchly opposes the forced sterilization and forced abortions being implemented by the Chinese government towards women regarding China's one-child policy. Regarding the victimization of these women, Smith stated that "the agony that those women carry with them is beyond words. They talk about the pain that they carry for their child and for the violation by the state." In response, Smith wrote a bill, which was put into law in 1999, making it illegal for the U.S. to issue visas to foreign nationals who have been involved in forced abortion or sterilization.[54]

Smith called for the release of China's jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, December 2015
Smith called for the release of China's jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, December 2015

Smith held a congressional hearing regarding the disappearance of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng.[54] He attempted, in 2011, to visit Chen in China, when the activist was under house arrest, but was not granted permission.[62] In response to the violations towards Chen and his family, Smith sponsored the China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, which sought to prevent known Chinese human rights violators from entering the U.S.[54]

In the wake of the 2014 Hong Kong class boycott campaign and Umbrella Movement, Smith co-sponsored the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, supporting Hong Kong's ongoing autonomy and the human rights of those Hong Kongers involved in nonviolent protests and/or those who have had their rights violated by the Chinese government.[63]

In November 2018, Smith raised the issue of Xinjiang re-education camps and human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority.[64] Smith said: "The internment of over a million Uyghurs and other Muslims in China is a staggering evil and should be treated by the international community as a crime against humanity. The Chinese government's creation of a vast system of what can only be called concentration camps cannot be tolerated in the 21st century."[65]

Human trafficking

Smith has sponsored and written many policies and proposals regarding human trafficking. In 2000, he co-sponsored the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, which authorizes protections for undocumented immigrants who are victims of severe forms of trafficking and violence.[66] The law is now part of the Violence Against Women Act.

In 2017, Smith introduced and sponsored the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018, alongside Democrat Karen Bass of California. The bill funds programs that train employers to identify potential victims of human trafficking, prevents the sale of American goods made with forced labor, and provides educational tools and opportunities for children to learn how to avoid traffickers.[67][68] The bill passed the House and Senate in December 2018 and was signed by President Donald Trump on January 8, 2019.[69]


Smith supports religious rights regarding international human rights. He supports sanctions against Vietnam regarding their treatment of the Catholics and China regarding the Uyghurs and Falun Gong.[57]


Smith supported the Indonesian Family Refugee Protection Act in 2012, which would have extended the deadline for Indonesian immigrants to file for citizenship.[70]

Intellectual property rights

Smith authored the Global Online Freedom Act in 2007, but it did not become law.[71] The proposed legislation was a bill "to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to protect United States businesses from coercion to participate in repression by authoritarian foreign governments, and for other purposes."[72] Specifically, the bill would prohibit American companies from turning over data about customers residing in "internet restrictive countries." The bill is supported by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders. It is opposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[73]

LGBT rights

Smith has a "0" rating from the Human Rights Campaign regarding LGBTQ rights;[74] he does not support same-sex marriage and does not consider it a human right.[75]

Labor movement

Smith is, by his own account, pro-labor, and considers labor issues a "human rights issue." He supports the Employee Free Choice Act.[57] The AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard, which tracks support for workers' rights, gives Smith a 61% lifetime rating, ranking him seventh of New Jersey's twelve Representatives, and 195th of the House's 435 Representatives.[76]

The AFL-CIO endorsed Smith for re-election in 2018, calling him one of the "best candidates for working people," due to his support for collective bargaining, opposition to the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, and support for infrastructure funding, among other reasons.[77]


Smith has a "D" rating from NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters. He has consistently voted against the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which provides veterans access to information regarding medical marijuana accessibility in their respective states.[78]

Veterans Affairs

Bob Wallace, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars calls Smith "the best friend" of veterans. In 2004, Smith refused to endorse the Republican budget proposal unless it included more money for veterans. In a congressional hearing, Smith publicly articulated his belief that the Bush Administration's budget request was $1.2 billion less than the Department of Veterans Affairs actually required, embarrassing the administration and Republican congressional leadership.[79] In 2005, Smith was removed from his chairmanship and membership on the Veterans Affair Committee for his aggressive role in seeking more funding for veteran-related causes.[57]

Science policy

Smith supports efforts to provide alternatives to embryonic stem cell research. In 2005, he co-sponsored a bill with Artur Davis to fund the creation of a network of national blood banks to distribute umbilical cord blood for stem cell research.[80]

Tax reform

Smith voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, joining four other Republican representatives from New Jersey. Regarding his vote, he stated that "We need tax relief, but we must have relief that is not comparatively unfair to the taxpayers of New Jersey."[81] Smith said he would be "forced to oppose" more tax cuts if legislation included a provision "permanently extending the $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction".[82]

Paycheck fairness

As of March 2019, Smith is the only Republican co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.[83] He also supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which expanded the scope of the statute of limitations for pay discrimination.[84]

Electoral history

New Jersey's 4th congressional district: Results 1978–2018[85][86][87][88][89]
Year Republican Votes % Democratic Votes % Third Party Party Votes % Third Party Party Votes %
1978 Frank Thompson (Inc) 69,259 61.1% Chris Smith 41,833 36.9% John Valjean Mahalchik Independent 1,145 1% Paul Rizzo No Slogan 827 0.7%
1980 Chris Smith 95,447 57% Frank Thompson (Inc) 68,480 41% Jack Moyers Libertarian 2,801 2% Paul Rizzo No Slogan 1,776 1%
1982 Chris Smith 85,660 53% Joseph Merlino 75,658 47% Bill Harris Libertarian 662 0% Paul Rizzo No Slogan 374 0% *
1984 Chris Smith 139,295 61% James Hedden 87,908 39%
1986 Chris Smith 78,699 61% Jeffrey Laurenti 49,290 38% Earl Dickey Stop Financing Communism 789 1%
1988 Chris Smith 155,283 66% Betty Holland 79,006 33% Judson Carter Independent 1,114 0% Daniel Maiullo Libertarian 791 1%
1990 Chris Smith 99,920 63% Mark Setaro 54,961 35% Carl Peters Libertarian 2,178 1% Joseph Notarangelo Populist 1,206 1% *
1992 Chris Smith 149,095 62% Brian Hughes 84,514 35% Benjamin Grindlinger Libertarian 2,984 1% Patrick Pasculi Independent 2,137 1% *
1994 Chris Smith 109,818 68% Ralph Walsh 49,537 31% Leonard Marshall Conservative 1,579 1% Arnold Kokans Natural Law 833 1%
1996 Chris Smith 146,404 64% Kevin Meara 77,565 34% Robert Figueroa Independent 3,000 1% J. Morgan Strong Independent 2,034 1% *
1998 Chris Smith 92,991 62% Larry Schneider 52,281 35% Keith Quarles Independent 1,753 1% Morgan Strong Independent 1,495 1% *
2000 Chris Smith 158,515 63% Reed Gusciora 87,956 35% Stuart Chaifetz Independent 3,627 1% Paul Teel Independent 712 0%
2002 Chris Smith 115,293 66% Mary Brennan 55,967 32% Keith Quarles Libertarian 1,211 1% Hermann Winkelmann Honesty, Humanity, Duty 1,063 1% *
2004 Chris Smith 192,671 67% Amy Vasquez 92,826 32% Richard Edgar Libertarian 2,056 1%
2006 Chris Smith 124,482 66% Carol Gay 62,902 33% Richard Edgar Libertarian 1,539 1% Louis Wary Remove Medical Negligence 614 0%
2008 Chris Smith 202,972 66% Joshua Zeitz 100,036 32% Steven Welzer Green 3,543 1%
2010 Chris Smith 129,752 69% Howard Kleinhendler 52,118 28% Joe Siano Libertarian 2,912 2% Steven Welzer Green 1,574 1% *
2012 Chris Smith 195,146 64% Brian Froelich 107,992 35% Leonard Marshall No Slogan 3,111 1%
2014 Chris Smith 118,826 68% Ruben Scolavino 54,415 31% Scott Neuman D-R Party 1,608 1%
2016 Chris Smith 211,992 64% Lorna Phillipson 111,532 34% Hank Schroeder Economic Growth 5,840 2% Jeremy Marcus Libertarian 3,320 1%
2018 Chris Smith 159,965 55% Joshua Welle 123,995 43% Michael Rufo Libertarian 1,352 1% Ed Stackhouse Independent 1,034 0% *
  • In elections marked with an asterisk (*), additional candidates received less than 1% of the vote.


  1. ^ Salant, Jonathan (September 11, 2015). "N.J. Rep. Chris Smith to join American delegation to United Nations". Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. August 25, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "PN916 — Christopher Smith — Department of State". Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Chris Smith, NJ's sole surviving Republican in DC, expects GOP comeback in 2020 (
  5. ^ NJ Democrat blasts Congressman Chris Smith over ‘broken immigration system’
  6. ^ Smith heads U.S. delegation on human rights
  7. ^ "SMITH, Christopher Henry (born 1953)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. ^ Faherty, Emily. "Unsung Hero; By now, everyone is familiar with the David Goldman custody battle. But what everyone might not be aware of is the depth of Congressman Chris Smith's involvement in returning Sean to his father.", New Jersey Monthly, March 15, 2010; accessed November 14, 2017.
    "'That's what my parents were all about,' says Smith, who was born in Rahway and grew up in Iselin. 'They were always passionately in favor of the underdog, and I've always been taught to look out for the disenfranchised.' Raised as a Roman Catholic with two brothers, Smith attended St. Mary's High School in Perth Amboy, where he ran track and cross-country and wrestled."
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
  10. ^ a b Gruson, Lindsey. "Decade of Rep. Smith: Fluke to Tactician", The New York Times, August 10, 1991; accessed March 28, 2008. "He switched parties but lost in 1978 as the token opposition to Frank Thompson, a veteran Democrat who was chairman of the House Administration Committee. But he won in 1980 when Thompson was convicted of bribery and conspiracy in the Abscam scandal and later served two years in prison."
  11. ^ "NJ District 4 Race". Our Campaigns. November 7, 1978. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  12. ^ "Statistics from the Congressional Election 1978" (PDF). Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  13. ^ NJ District 4 – 1980 Election, Our Campaigns; accessed October 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R) profile from; retrieved November 14, 2006.
  15. ^ "NJ District 4 Race - Nov 02, 1982". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  16. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. (26 February 1984). "DEMOCRATS TAKE DISTRICTING FIGHT BACK TO COURT". Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  17. ^ 2006 NJ-04 U.S. House Election Results,, November 8, 2006
  18. ^ "2008 US Congressional Race Results – New Jersey". USA Today. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  19. ^ a b "Chris Smith (New Jersey)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  20. ^ McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017
  21. ^ "Chris Smith's intern applicants rate Rachel Maddow, NRA, the pope". 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  22. ^ "The Dumping of Rep. Chris Smith A hard fall from grace". January 12, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  23. ^ Urbina, Ian. "Groups Protest Ouster of Veterans' Committee Chief". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  24. ^ Urbina, Ian. "Groups Protest Ouster of Veterans' Committee Chief". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  25. ^ Urbina, Ian. "Groups Protest Ouster of Veterans' Committee Chief". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  26. ^ Moody, Chris (May 20, 2014). "House prepares for rare votes on standalone bills to curb human trafficking". Yahoo! News. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  27. ^ Marcos, Cristina (May 20, 2014). "Boko Haram fuels human trafficking fight". The Hill. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  28. ^ "H.R. 4573 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  29. ^ "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Chris Smith shunned Christie but not Trump | The Auditor". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  31. ^ Smith, Peter Jesserer. "Rep. Chris Smith: March for Life Brings New Hope in 2017". National Catholic Register. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  32. ^ "Unlock Family Planning Funds". The New York Times. February 4, 1997. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  33. ^ a b "Christopher Smith on Abortion". On The Issues. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  34. ^ "Enact Stupak-Pitts Amendment On Health Care Bill". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  35. ^ "H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  36. ^ Villacorta, Natalie. "House votes to block federal funding of abortion". POLITICO. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  37. ^ Seelinger, Lani. "When Is The Senate Vote On HR-7? This Anti-Abortion Bill Passed Through The House With Ease". Bustle. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  38. ^ "Smith Hails Signing of Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization". Chris Smith. January 5, 2006. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  39. ^ Trotter, J.K. "Here's Who Voted Against the Violence Against Women Act". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  40. ^ Smith, Christopher (28 February 2013). "Support VAWA, Protect Human Trafficking Victims". The Congressional Record. 159 (29).
  41. ^ "Representative Christopher Smith". National Environmental Scorecard. League of Conservation Voters. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  42. ^ Shank, Michael (January 15, 2015). "Republicans want to fight climate change, too". The Week. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  43. ^ Baldwin, Carly (26 December 2018). "Chris Smith Fights Trump on Atlantic Ocean Oil Drilling". Middletown Patch. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  44. ^ Coughlin, Kevin. "Concealed-carry bill passes House; Frelinghuysen supports it | Morristown Green". Morristown Green. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  45. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  46. ^ "Is Your Member of Congress a Lapdog for the Corporate Gun Lobby?". Finish the Job Scorecard: Lap Dog Edition.
  47. ^ "H.R. 8-Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  48. ^ Berkowitz, Bonnie; Cai, Weiyi; Lu, Denise; Gamio, Lazaro. "Everything lawmakers said (and didn't say) after the Orlando mass shooting". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  49. ^ Salant, Jonathan D. "What Americans think about gun control after Las Vegas massacre". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  50. ^ "Smith's $1.3 Billion Autism Bill on Way to President's Desk". Chris Smith. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  51. ^ "CBO – H.R. 4631". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  52. ^ HR 196 Roll Call Vote,, May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  53. ^ House condemns Trump's latest anti-ObamaCare push, The Hill, Julie Grace Brufke, April 3, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  54. ^ a b c d Kim, Susanna (November 7, 2011). "Bill Targets Human Rights Offenders". ABC News. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  55. ^ "FBI training of RUC officers is suspended". The Irish Times. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  56. ^ "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 83". Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  57. ^ a b c d Braun, Bob. "N.J. Congressman Chris Smith fights for human rights without compromises". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  58. ^ Smith, Chris. "SMITH: U.S. must end its denial of Armenian genocide". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  59. ^ "Representatives Chris Smith and Jim McGovern Urge Congress Hold Azerbaijan Accountable for Human Rights Abuses". The Armenian Weekly. September 27, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  60. ^ Blau, Reuven. "Bipartisan group urges Tillerson to deport Nazi living in Queens". NY Daily News. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  61. ^ "Helsinki Commission Urges Turkish President to Lift State of Emergency". Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
  62. ^ "US lawmaker seeks to visit blind China rights lawyer". Agence France-Presse. November 1, 2011. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  63. ^ "U.S. bill links Hong Kong economic privileges to autonomy". Reuters. 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  64. ^ "U.S. lawmakers introduce bill hitting China for Uighur repression". The Japan Times. November 15, 2018.
  65. ^ "Bipartisan legislation in US senate against China's human rights abuses in Xinjiang". The Times of India. November 15, 2018.
  66. ^ "Law To Curb Human Trafficking". CBS. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  67. ^ Kinery, Emma. "House passes sweeping overhaul of law to combat human trafficking". USA TODAY. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  68. ^ "Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2200)". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  69. ^ New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith's anti-human trafficking bill signed into law North Jersey Record
  70. ^ Giambusso, David. "Despite N.J. church's effort, Indonesian immigrant deported". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  71. ^ "Opinion | What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  72. ^ Christopher, Smith (2008-02-22). "Text - H.R.275 - 110th Congress (2007-2008): Global Online Freedom Act of 2007". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  73. ^ Sarah, Lai Stirland. "Ahead of Olympics, Congressman Pushes 'Global Online Freedom Act'". WIRED. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  74. ^ Congressional Scorecard: Measuring Support for Equality in the 114th Congress (PDF). 2016. p. 18. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  75. ^ Salant, Jonathan D. "N.J. Rep. Smith's gay marriage comments draw rebuke from fellow N.J. Rep. Pallone". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  76. ^ "AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard". AFL-CIO. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  77. ^ "Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Chris Smith". AFL-CIO. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  78. ^ "New Jersey Scorecard". NORML. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  79. ^ Urbina, Ian. "Groups Protest Ouster of Veterans' Committee Chief". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  80. ^ Lang, Thomas. "Getting It Right on Stem Cell Legislation". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  81. ^ Salant, Jonathan D. "Senate passes Trump-backed bill shrinking your big tax break". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  82. ^ Jagoda, Naomi. "Blue-state Republicans say they will vote against 'tax cuts 2.0' if it extends SALT cap". The Hill. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  83. ^ "H.R. 7-Paycheck Fairness Act". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  84. ^ "To amend title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and to modify the operation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to clarify that a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice that is unlawful under such Acts occurs each time compensation is paid pursuant to the discriminatory compensation decision or other practice, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes".
  85. ^ "Office of the House Clerk – Electoral Statistics". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007.
  86. ^ "Election Results". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  87. ^ "Official List – Candidates for House of Representatives For GENERAL ELECTION 11/06/2012 Election" (PDF). New Jersey Division of Elections. 2013-01-22. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  88. ^ "Official List – Candidates for House of Representatives For GENERAL ELECTION 11/04/2014 Election" (PDF). New Jersey Department of State. 2014-12-02. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  89. ^ "Official List – Candidates for House of Representatives For GENERAL ELECTION 11/08/2016 Election" (PDF). New Jersey Division of Elections. 2016-12-06. Retrieved May 20, 2017.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Thompson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th congressional district

Preceded by
Dennis DeConcini
Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission
Succeeded by
Al D'Amato
Preceded by
Al D'Amato
Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission
Succeeded by
Ben Campbell
Preceded by
Bob Stump
Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
Steve Buyer
Preceded by
Ben Campbell
Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission
Succeeded by
Sam Brownback
Preceded by
Byron Dorgan
Chair of the Joint China Commission
Succeeded by
Sherrod Brown
Preceded by
Ben Cardin
Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission
Succeeded by
Ben Cardin
Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission
Succeeded by
Roger Wicker
Preceded by
Sherrod Brown
Chair of the Joint China Commission
Succeeded by
Marco Rubio
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Hal Rogers
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Steny Hoyer
This page was last edited on 3 August 2020, at 02:23
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.