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Record and controversies
Smith voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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In 1980, however, Thompson was ensnared in the Abscam scandal, and Smith ran against him again. This was enough to sweep Smith into office. He faced a tough challenge for a second term, but hasn't faced a well-funded opponent since then.
Smith's voting record is moderate, aside from a strong stance against abortion. He is the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. In a January 22, 2004 press release  Smith stated, "Americans want the abortion holocaust to end," and referred to abortion as "child slaughter."
Unlike most Republicans, Smith has strong ties to organized labor. Following representation from many Irish-Americans, Smith wrote legislation prohibiting the Royal Ulster Constabulary from training in the United States because of alleged humans rights abuses. Critics of Smith's law state that if the Royal Ulster Constabulary were provided with American training, human rights abuses could have been avoided. Nonetheless, in December 2001 the Bush administration declared the Police Service of Northern Ireland (which replaced the RUC) met reasonable human rights standards, and the prohibition was lifted. Smith has spoken critically of the British Inquiries Act 2005, which he believes will allow the British government to prevent effective inquiries into British army collusion with unionist paramilitaries in Ireland.
In 2004, Smith easily defeated Democrat Amy Vasquez for his 13th 2-year term.
In 1982, Smith faced his toughest reelection campaign when he was challenged by former New Jersey State Senate President Joseph P. Merlino. At the end of one of their debates, Smith approached Merlino to exchange pleasantries, Merlino was quoted as saying "Beat it, kid." Smith won the election with 53% of the vote.
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Chris Smith from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Chris Smith from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Chris Smith from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations -Ranking
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on International Relations
- Subcommittee on Africa Global Human Rights and International Operations - Chair
- Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Coalitions and Caucuses
- Co-Chair, Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
- Chair, Commision on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Co-Chair, Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
- Co-Chairman, House Pro-Life Caucus
- Congressional Automotive Caucus
- Congressional Coastal Caucus
- Congressional Fire Services Caucus
- Congressional Human Rights Caucus
- Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus
- Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
- Minor Leauge Baseball Caucus
- Older Americans Caucus
Boards and other Affiliations
- New Jersey Right to Life Committee, Inc. -- Executive Director, 1976-1978
More Background Data
District Office - Hamilton:
1540 Kuser Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
TTYD Number: 609-585-3650
District Office - Whiting:
108 Lacey Road, Suite 38A
Whitting Shopping Center
Whiting, NJ 08759
Articles and resources
- Official website
- bioguide.congress.gov article on Chris Smith
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
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Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
Co-Chairman, House Pro-Life Caucus; Congressional Automotive Caucus; Congressional Coastal Caucus; Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Human Rights Caucus; Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus; Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus; Minor Leauge Baseball Caucus; Older Americans Caucus
|Committees: House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Foreign Affairs/Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, House Committee on Foreign Affairs/Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 1980
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1981
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available,
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Date of Birth: March 4, 1953
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