Chris Smith (New Jersey)

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Chris Smith
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1981-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 33
PartyRepublican
PredecessorFrank Thompson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.19 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1980
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,447,334
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTrenton State College and Worcester College, Oxford University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 4, 1953
Place of birthRahway, New Jersey
ProfessionSmall businessman
Net worth$64,273
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Christopher Henry "Chris" Smith (b. March 4, 1953, in Rahway, New Jersey) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Smith was elected by voters from New Jersey's 4th Congressional District. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

He was first elected in 1980.[2]

Smith is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey.[3] He ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Smith is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Smith was born in Rahway, New Jersey. He earned a degree from The College of New Jersey (then Trenton State College) in 1975, and studied abroad in 1974 at England's Worcester College, Oxford University.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bonner's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Smith serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Chair
    • Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

2011-2012

Smith served on the following committees:[6]

  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Smith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Smith opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Smith supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Smith supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Smith voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Smith voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Smith supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Smith supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Smith voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Smith voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Chris Smith's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Smith is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Smith received a score of eight percent on personal issues and 60 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Neutral Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Neutral Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Smith is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 4th District. Smith ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New Jersey's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Smith ran for re-election in 2012.[23] He defeated Terrence McGowan in the June 5 Republican primary and faced Democrat Brian Froelich in the November general election.[24][25]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brian Froelich 35.3% 107,991
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Smith Incumbent 63.7% 195,145
     Independent Leonard Marshall 1% 3,111
Total Votes 306,247
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Smith Incumbent 83.6% 21,520
Terrance McGowan 16.4% 4,209
Total Votes 25,729

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Smith raised a total of $3,447,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[42]

Chris Smith (New Jersey)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 4) Won $658,473
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 4) Won $748,363
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 4) Won $928,729
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 4) Won $482,374
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 4) Won $629,395
Grand Total Raised $3,447,334

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[43]

Chris Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]July 21, 2013$182,496.37$25,974.34$(30,105.42)$178,365.29
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$178,365.29$75,869.93$(25,511.12)$228,724.10
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2013$228,724.10$62,819.46$(31,171.50)$260,372.06
Year-End Quarterly[47]December 31, 2013$260,372$38,246$(23,054)$272,739
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$272,739.50$41,840.42$(22,483.19)$292,096.73
Running totals
$244,750.15$(132,325.23)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Smith won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Smith's campaign committee raised a total of $658,474 and spent $622,378.[49]

Cost per vote

Smith spent $3.19 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Smith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Smith was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $748,363 and spent $676,771.[50]
U.S. House, New Jersey, 2010 - Chris Smith (New Jersey) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $748,363
Total Spent $676,771
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $126,020
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $103,776
Top contributors to Chris Smith (New Jersey)'s campaign committee
Right to Life$14,700
Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
National Assn of Realtors$10,000
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Building Trade Unions$39,500
Abortion Policy/Pro-Life$33,190
Retired$26,400
Transportation Unions$25,500
Lobbyists$23,500

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Smith's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $64,273 and $64,273. That averages to $64,273, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Smith ranked as the 389th most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2004 and 2012, Smith's calculated net worth[52] decreased by an average of 10 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

Chris Smith Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$350,654
2012$64,273.00
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-82%
Average annual growth:-10%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[56]

Smith most often votes with:

Smith least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Smith is a "centrist Republican leader," as of June 19, 2013.[57]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Smith missed 415 of 18,903 roll call votes from January 1981 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which matches the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[57]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Smith paid his congressional staff a total of $996,632 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[58]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Smith ranked 229th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[59]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Smith ranked 195th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[60]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Chris Smith has voted with the Republican Party 89.1% of the time, which ranked 223rd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Smith and his wife Marie have four grown children and two grandchildren.[62]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SMITH, Christopher Henry, (1953 - )"
  3. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed April 1, 2014
  4. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 3, 2014
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Information"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Chris Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Smith on agriculture," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Chris Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Chris Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Chris Smith on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Chris Smith Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  23. PhillyBurbs.com, "New congressional map favors Runyan," accessed December 24, 2011
  24. WYNC, "Live! NJ Election Results," accessed June 5, 2012
  25. New Jersey Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Chris Smith," accessed April 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  44. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  45. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  46. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  47. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  48. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  49. Open Secrets, "Chris Smith 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  50. Open Secrets, "Chris Smith 2010 Election Data," accessed November 26, 2011
  51. Open Secrets, "Chris Smith (R-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  52. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  56. OpenCongress, "Chris Smith," accessed August 6, 2013
  57. 57.0 57.1 GovTrack, "Chris Smith," accessed June 19, 2013
  58. LegiStorm, "Chris Smith," accessed October 2, 2012
  59. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  60. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  62. Chris Smith, A Leader We Trust, "Congressman Chris Smith, Trusted and Experienced Leadership"
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Thompson
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 4
1981-Present
Succeeded by
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