Jeffrey Scott Chiesa is an American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from New Jersey from June 10, 2013 to October 31, 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 59th Attorney General of New Jersey from January 10, 2012 until June 6, 2013. Prior to his tenure as New Jersey Attorney General, he served as Chief Counsel to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie announced on June 6, 2013 that he would appoint Chiesa to the United States Senate seat, vacated by the death of Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg and on June 10, 2013, Chiesa was sworn in, he declined to run for the remainder of the Senate term in the 2013 special election, subsequently won by Democrat Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark. Chiesa grew up in New Jersey, the eldest of three children; when he was 8 years old, his father, a chemical plant worker, he was raised by his mother, a public school teacher. He attended Bound Brook High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.
He earned his J. D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in 1990. In 1988, Chiesa joined the Cranford law firm of Hewit & Palatucci. There he befriended Chris Christie, who had joined the firm the year before. In 2002, he followed Christie to the office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he led a number of the office's high-profile public corruption cases, including the one against former State Senate President John A. Lynch, Jr, he served as Counsel to the U. S. Attorney, Chief of the Public Protection Unit, Executive Assistant U. S. Attorney, he left in 2009 to become a partner in the firm of Samson. In 2009, after Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey, Chiesa headed his transition team. Christie named Chiesa his chief counsel. In June 2010, Christie sent him to speak to Republican Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, to persuade him to drop his opposition to the budget because it cut proportionally more aid to suburban schools than to urban ones.
On December 12, 2011, Governor Christie nominated Chiesa to succeed Paula Dow as Attorney General of New Jersey. Chiesa was sworn in as Dow's successor on January 10, 2012. Chiesa supported mandatory drug rehab treatment for non-violent drug offenders and holding violent defendants without bail. In January 2012, he proposed a comprehensive program to crack down on prescription drug abuse addictions and overdoses. In February 2012, he helped deliver $837.7 million to distressed homeowners of New Jersey from a settlement with major banks. The state had 10.6% of homeowners who are 90 or more days delinquent on their mortgage, the third-highest percentage in the nation at the time. In April 2012, he announced the arrest of three men accused of theft at several Home Depot stores across five states: New Jersey, Delaware and New York, they were "under-ringing" their purchases at self-checkout machines and were charged with more than 500 illegal transactions totaling more than $100,000. In the same month, he announced the arrests of 27 people in a major child pornography incident, that required the involvement of more than 100 law enforcement officers for "Operation Watchdog".
He filed a lawsuit against John Kot and Gabriel R. DaSilva of leading home improvement companies for defrauding people and breaking several laws. On June 6, 2013, Governor Chris Christie announced that he would appoint Chiesa, a resident of Branchburg, New Jersey, to succeed deceased United States Senator Frank Lautenberg. Chiesa announced. In the news conference, he said that "I'm a conservative Republican speaking." In regard to immigration reform, he stated, "I think the first thing we have to do is make sure the borders are secure."Chiesa resigned as Attorney General on June 6, 2013, Executive Assistant Attorney General John Jay Hoffman became acting Attorney General. Chiesa was sworn into the Senate on June 2013, by Vice President Joe Biden. Chiesa was the first Republican senator to represent New Jersey since 1982 when then-Governor Thomas Kean appointed Nicholas F. Brady to the Senate in order to fill a vacancy. Chiesa's vote was seen as crucial to the passing of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.
John McCain joked that "I'm going to subject him to intense interrogation—I may waterboard the guy. Or maybe tell him that he's either going to support this legislation or hire someone to start his car in the morning." He voted for the bill, which prompted conservative commentator Ann Coulter to proclaim that Christie was "dead to me" for appointing Chiesa to the Senate. In July 2013, he signed the Mike Lee letter which called for an amendment to the continuing resolution that would defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he opposed Democratic attempts to reinsert funding for the Affordable Care Act but voted for the Reid-McConnell bill to end the shutdown. He used his time in the Senate to try to draw attention to the issue of human trafficking and, according to The Washington Post, voted with his party 84% of the time, he left the Senate on October 31, 2013 when Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who won the special election, was sworn in. Chiesa recorded a tenure of 129 days, the fourth-shortest of the 65 U.
S. Senators who have served in New Jersey's history. Chiesa ruled out the possibility of running for the seat in the scheduled 2014 election, but said he would consider running for office in the future. Committee on Commerce and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety
United States Senate
The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprises the legislature of the United States. The Senate chamber is located in the north wing of the Capitol, in Washington, D. C; the composition and powers of the Senate are established by Article One of the United States Constitution. The Senate is composed of senators; each state, regardless of its population size, is represented by two senators who serve staggered terms of six years. There being at present 50 states in the Union, there are presently 100 senators. From 1789 until 1913, senators were appointed by legislatures of the states; as the upper chamber of Congress, the Senate has several powers of advice and consent which are unique to it. These include the approval of treaties, the confirmation of Cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court justices, federal judges, flag officers, regulatory officials, other federal executive officials and other federal uniformed officers.
In addition to these, in cases wherein no candidate receives a majority of electors for Vice President, the duty falls to the Senate to elect one of the top two recipients of electors for that office. Furthermore, the Senate has the responsibility of conducting the trials of those impeached by the House; the Senate is considered both a more deliberative and more prestigious body than the House of Representatives due to its longer terms, smaller size, statewide constituencies, which led to a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere. The presiding officer of the Senate is the Vice President of the United States, President of the Senate. In the Vice President's absence, the President Pro Tempore, customarily the senior member of the party holding a majority of seats, presides over the Senate. In the early 20th century, the practice of majority and minority parties electing their floor leaders began, although they are not constitutional officers; the drafters of the Constitution created a bicameral Congress as a compromise between those who felt that each state, since it was sovereign, should be represented, those who felt the legislature must directly represent the people, as the House of Commons did in Great Britain.
This idea of having one chamber represent people while the other gives equal representation to states regardless of population, was known as the Connecticut Compromise. There was a desire to have two Houses that could act as an internal check on each other. One was intended to be a "People's House" directly elected by the people, with short terms obliging the representatives to remain close to their constituents; the other was intended to represent the states to such extent as they retained their sovereignty except for the powers expressly delegated to the national government. The Senate was thus not designed to serve the people of the United States equally; the Constitution provides that the approval of both chambers is necessary for the passage of legislation. First convened in 1789, the Senate of the United States was formed on the example of the ancient Roman Senate; the name is derived from Latin for council of elders. James Madison made the following comment about the Senate: In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure.
An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, to balance and check the other, they ought to be so constituted. The Senate, ought to be this body. Article Five of the Constitution stipulates that no constitutional amendment may be created to deprive a state of its equal suffrage in the Senate without that state's consent; the District of Columbia and all other territories are not entitled to representation allowed to vote in either House of the Congress. The District of Columbia elects two "shadow U. S. Senators", but they are officials of the D. C. City Government and not members of the U. S. Senate; the United States has had 50 states since 1959, thus the Senate has had 100 senators since 1959. The disparity between the most and least populous states has grown since the Connecticut Compromise, which granted each state two members of the Senate and at least one member of the House of Representatives, for a total minimum of three presidential electors, regardless of population.
In 1787, Virginia had ten times the population of Rhode Island, whereas today California has 70 times the population of Wyoming, based on the 1790 and 2000 censuses. This means some citizens are two orders of magnitude better represented in the Senate than those in other states. Seats in the House of Representatives are proportionate to the population of each state, reducing the disparity of representation. Before the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, senators were elected by the individual state legislatures. Problems with repeated vacant seats due to the inability of a legislature to elect senators, intrastate political struggles, bribery and intimidation had led to a growing movement to amend the Constitution to allow for the direct election of senators; the party composition of the Senate during the 116th Congress: Art
Cory Anthony Booker is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from New Jersey since 2013 and a member of the Democratic Party. The first African-American U. S. Senator from New Jersey, he was the 36th Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Before that, Booker served on the Municipal Council of Newark for the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002. On February 1, 2019, he announced his campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election. Booker was born in Washington, D. C. and raised in New Jersey. He attended Stanford University, where he received an undergraduate and master's degree in 1991 and 1992, respectively, he studied abroad at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship before attending Yale Law School. He won an upset victory for a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark in 1998, where he staged a 10-day hunger strike and lived in a tent to draw attention to urban development issues in the city.
He lost to incumbent Sharpe James. His first term saw to the doubling of affordable housing under development and the reduction of the city budget deficit from $180 million to $73 million, he was re-elected in 2010. He ran against Steve Lonegan in the 2013 U. S. Senate special election and subsequently won reelection in 2014 against Jeff Bell; as senator, his voting record was measured as the third most liberal. Considered a social liberal, Booker supports women's rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and single-payer healthcare. During his five years in office, Booker co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, tougher sanctions against Iran, sponsored the Bipartisan Budget Act, voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act and led the push to pass the First Step Act. In 2017, he became the first sitting senator to testify against another when he testified against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing.
In April 2018, following the FBI raid on the offices of Michael Cohen–U. S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney–Booker together with Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis, introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to limit the executive powers of Trump. Booker was born on April 27, 1969, in Washington, D. C. and grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey, 20 miles north of New Jersey. His parents, Carolyn Rose and Cary Alfred Booker, were among the first black executives at IBM. Booker has stated that he was raised in a religious household, that he and his family attended a small African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Jersey. Booker graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, where he played varsity football and was named to the 1986 USA Today All-USA high school football team. Booker went on to Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1991 and a Master of Arts in sociology the following year. While at Stanford, he played football as a tight end and was teammates with Brad Muster and Ed McCaffrey, made the All–Pacific-10 Academic team and was elected senior class president.
In addition, Booker ran The Bridge Peer Counseling Center, a student-run crisis hotline, organized help from Stanford students for youth in East Palo Alto, California. After Stanford, Booker was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where he earned an honors degree in United States history in 1994 as a member of The Queen's College, he earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 from Yale Law School, where he operated free legal clinics for low-income residents of New Haven, Connecticut. At Yale, Booker was a founding member of the Chai Society, was a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, was active in the National Black Law Students Association. Contemplating advocacy work and a run for city council in Newark after graduating law school, Booker lived in the city during his final year at Yale. After graduation, he served as staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in New York and program coordinator of the Newark Youth Project. In 1998, Booker won an upset victory for a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark, defeating four-term incumbent George Branch.
To draw attention to the problems of open-air drug dealing and associated violence, he went on a 10-day hunger strike and lived in a tent and in a motor home near drug-dealing areas of the city. Booker proposed council initiatives that impacted housing, young people and order, the efficiency and transparency of city hall, but was outvoted by all of his fellow councilors. On January 9, 2002, Booker announced his campaign for Mayor of Newark, rather than running for re-election as councilman. James, who had won election four consecutive times, saw Booker as a real threat, responded with mudslinging, at one campaign event calling him "a Republican who took money from the KKK Taliban... collaborating with the Jews to take over Newark". In the campaign, James' supporters questioned Booker's suburban background, calling him a carpetbagger, "not black enough" to understand the city. Booker lost the election on May 14, garnering 47% of the vote to James' 53%; the election was chronicled in the Oscar-nominated documentary Street Fight.
During the campaign, Booker founded the nonprofit organization Newark Now. Booker announced on February 2006, that he would again run for mayor. Although incumbent Mayor Sharpe James filed paperwork to run for reelection, shortly thereafter he announced that he wou
Neshanic Station, New Jersey
Neshanic Station is an unincorporated community located within Branchburg Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. In 2016 most of the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Neshanic Station Historic District. Neshanic Station comes from the Algonquian language meaning "double stream," and the community featured a station along the defunct South Branch Railroad a branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey; the Lehigh Line of Norfolk Southern Railway still runs on tracks north of the community. Neshanic Station is situated at a latitude of 40.508N and a longitude of -74.73W. It is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone with an elevation of 92 feet; the South Branch Raritan River passes east of the community. The Elm Street Bridge is a lenticular truss bridge that carries Elm Street over the river out of the community to River Road. People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise associated with Neshanic Station include: Frank Chapot, Olympic silver medalist equestrian.
Neshanic, New Jersey Media related to Neshanic Station, New Jersey at Wikimedia Commons
Christopher James Christie is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018. During his governorship, he chaired the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. Christie became an ABC News contributor in 2018 after leaving office. Christie was raised in Livingston, he volunteered for Thomas Kean's gubernatorial campaign at age 15. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Delaware, he earned a J. D. at Seton Hall. He practiced law from 1987 to 2002, he was elected county freeholder for Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998. By 2002, he had campaigned for George W. Bush. S. Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. Christie won the 2009 Republican primary for Governor of New Jersey, defeating the incumbent Jon Corzine in the general election. During his first term, he was credited with cutting spending, capping property tax growth, was praised for his response to and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy, was re-elected by a wide margin in 2013.
Christie is a moderate Republican relative to the national GOP. After the start of his second term as governor, Christie's standing was damaged by the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. Since he has ranked among the least popular governors in the United States. By June 2017, he was found to have an approval rating of 15%, the lowest recorded for any New Jersey governor; as of July 2017, his disapproval rating of 69% was the highest of all governors in the nation. Christie chaired the Republican Governors Association for the 2014 election cycle. On June 30, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, he suspended his candidacy on February 10, 2016, soon after endorsed Donald Trump, who named him head of his transition planning team. Christie was considered to be Trump's running mate but was not chosen. Soon after the election, Christie was replaced on the transition team by Mike Pence, as were three of Christie's associates, he chaired the Drug Abuse Commission in 2017 after being appointed by Trump.
He has been offered numerous positions in Donald Trump's cabinet, but only considered being the Attorney General. Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Sondra A. a telephone receptionist, Wilbur James "Bill" Christie, a certified public accountant who graduated from Rutgers Business School. His mother was of Italian ancestry, father is of German and Irish descent. Christie's family moved to Livingston, New Jersey, after the 1967 Newark riots, Christie lived there until he graduated from Livingston High School in 1980. At Livingston High School, Christie served as class president and played catcher for the baseball team. Christie's father and mother were Democratic, respectively, he has credited, his Democratic-leaning mother for indirectly making him a Republican by encouraging him in 1977 to volunteer for the gubernatorial candidate who became his role model: Tom Kean. Christie had become interested in Kean after the politician a state legislator, spoke to Christie's junior high school class.
Christie graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1984 and Seton Hall University School of Law with a J. D. in 1987. He was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Bar of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, in December 1987, he was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Rutgers University and Monmouth University in 2010. In 1986, Christie married a fellow student at the University of Delaware. After marrying, they shared a studio apartment in New Jersey. Mary Pat Christie pursued a career in investment banking and worked at the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Through April 2015 she was a managing director at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. Christie and Mary Pat have two daughters; the family resides in Mendham Township. Christie's hobbies have included coaching Little League, cheering for the New York Mets, attending Bruce Springsteen concerts. Christie's other favorite sports teams are the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Dallas Cowboys.
In 1987, Christie joined the law firm of Hewit & Palatucci of Cranford, New Jersey. In 1993, he was named a partner in the firm. Christie specialized in securities law, appellate practice, election law, government affairs, he is a member of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association and was a member of the Election Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. From 1999 to 2001, Christie was registered statehouse lobbyist for Hewit. Christie volunteered for President George H. W. Bush's 1992 re-election campaign in New Jersey, became close to Bush's state director, Bill Palatucci. Following the campaign, Christie decided to run for office, moved to Mendham Township. In 1993, Christie launched a primary challenge against the New Jersey Senate Majority Leader, John H. Dorsey. However, Christie's campaign ended after Dorsey challenged the validity of Christie's petition to appear on the ballot. In 1994, Christie was elected as a Republican to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, or legislators, for Morris County, New Jersey, after he and a running mate defeated incumbent freeholders in the party primary.
Following the election, the defeated incumbents filed a defamation lawsuit against Ch
The College Republican National Committee is a national organization for college and university students who support the Republican Party of the United States. The organization is known as an active recruiting tool for the Republican Party and has produced many prominent Republican and conservative activists and introduced more party members to the Republican party than any other organization in the nation; the organizational structure of the College Republicans has changed since its founding in 1892. Founded as an organization for the Republican National Committee, the College Republicans now operate as an independent 527 group. After the Young Republican National Federation was spun off from the College Republicans organization in 1972, the groups operate independently of one another; the College Republicans were founded as the American Republican College League on May 17, 1892 at the University of Michigan. The organization was spearheaded by law student James Francis Burke, who would serve as a Congressman from Pennsylvania.
The inaugural meeting was attended by over 1,000 students from across the country, from Stanford University in the west to Harvard University in the east. Contemporary politicians attended the meeting, including Judge John M. Thurston, Senator Russell A. Alger, Congressman J. Sloat Fassett, Congressman W. E. Mason, John M. Langston, Abraham Lincoln's successor in the Illinois State Legislature, A. J. Lester. Then-Governor of Ohio William McKinley gave a rousing keynote speech; the College Republicans pursued a strategy of sending college students to vote in their home districts and registering others to vote where they schooled to swing contested districts. This strategy was implemented for the 1900 presidential election between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, helping win Bryan's home state of Nebraska for McKinley; the College Republicans were financed, at least in part, by the Republican National Committee throughout much of its history. James Francis Burke received significant funding from the RNC to support the American Republican College League's founding and to maintain the organization's early offices in New York City and Chicago.
By 1924, the organization was operating directly under the auspices of the RNC as the Associated University Republican Clubs. The relative dominance of the Democratic party through the 1930s through the 1960s coincided with a precipitous drop in the membership and effectiveness of the College Republicans. In 1931, the College Republicans were absorbed as an arm of the Hoover campaign. For the next several years the organization operated alternately under the auspices of the "Republican National League," "Young Republican National Committee," and the "Division of Young Republican Activities." In 1935, the College Republicans were merged into the newly created Young Republican National Federation, encompassing both college students and young professionals. College Republican operations continued under the Young Republicans until the 1965 founding of the "College Republican National Committee." In 1967, Morton Blackwell a field representative for the CRNC to Kentucky, developed many of the principles now used by the College Republicans.
As the college organizer supporting Louie Nunn's campaign for Governor of Kentucky, Blackwell organized 5,000 college student volunteers who dropped 93,000 pieces of literature, posted 20,000 flyers, mailed 15,000 hand-addressed and signed postcards to friends of known student supporters of Nunn, processed over 8,000 absentee ballots. On election day, Nunn became the first Republican Governor of Kentucky in 20 years; the New York Times and Louie Nunn himself credited the efforts of Blackwell's volunteers. In 1970, the Young Republican National Federation was permanently spun off from the College Republicans in 1970 to prevent counter-productive infighting among the two groups. In 1972 the Republican National Committee made the College Republican National Committee an auxiliary arm of the RNC. In 1973, Karl Rove ran for chair of the College Republicans, he challenged the front-runner's delegates, throwing the national convention into disarray, after which both he and his opponent, Robert Edgeworth, claimed victory.
The dispute was resolved when Rove was selected through the direct order of the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who at the time was George H W Bush. By 1980, only 20 active College Republican chapters remained. By the US Presidential election in 1980, that number had increased to 1,000 active clubs, helping Reagan win 98 of 105 mock elections and recruiting thousands of voters; this success led to $290,000 in financial assistance from the RNC to implement Jack Abramoff's field representative program. Abramoff's fund-raising efforts brought in an additional $1,160,000 during the next two years. By 1983, only 10% of the CRNC's budget came from the RNC. Prompted by the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the CRNC left the control of the RNC by reconstituting as a 527 group, allowing it to operate independently and raise unlimited amount of money for issue-advocacy work; as a 527 group, the organization is prohibited from coordinating directly with a particular campaign and its recent focus has turned towards developing volunteers and other support activities rather than outright campaigning.
The shift has allowed the CRNC to vastly expand its fundraising efforts. During its first two years, the CRNC raised $17.3 million, most going to pay fundraising costs and other administrative costs, while leaving more than $2 million to expand the field representative program and to improve pay for the full-time positions. The CRNC was criticized for its relationship with Response Dynamics, a Virginia-based direct mail company; the relationship became an issue during the 200
Chris Smith (New Jersey politician)
Christopher Henry Smith is an American politician 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 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 and nominated again by President Donald Trump in 2017 for the 72nd session. Smith is the Dean of New Jersey's Congressional Delegation, its sole Republican as of the 116th Congress. Smith has built his political career as a champion of human rights, sponsoring numerous pieces of human rights and anti-human trafficking legislation and leading human rights missions to other countries. Smith was born in Rahway, New Jersey on March 4, 1953, he attended St. Mary's High School in Perth Amboy, where he competed athletically as a runner and wrestler.
Smith earned the Eagle Scout award. After graduating with a B. A. from Trenton State College in 1975, he became executive director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee in 1976. A Democrat, he switched parties and became a Republican in 1978. While working at his family's sporting goods store, 25-year-old Smith ran for Congress as a Republican in 1978, he was defeated by longtime Democratic incumbent U. S. Congressman Frank Thompson 61%–37%. In 1980 he ran again for a rematch. Smith was thought to have little chance against Thompson, but Thompson was indicted as part of the FBI's Abscam probe. Helped by Ronald Reagan's strong performance in the district, Smith defeated Thompson 57%–41%. In 1982, Smith faced former New Jersey 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. However, a court-ordered mid-decade redistricting made the district friendlier to Smith, he hasn't faced another contest nearly that close since.
In the 2006 elections, Smith was re-elected with 66% of the vote, the highest percentage for any Republican in the New Jersey delegation. In 2008, Smith ran against Democrat Joshua M. Zeitz. Smith won re-election 66%–32%. 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, American Renaissance Movement candidate David Meiswinkle. The 2012 elections saw Smith win 64% of the vote, with Brian Froelich, the Democratic candidate, receiving 35%. In 2014, Smith defeated Democratic candidate Ruben Scolanio, 68%–31%. Smith defeated Democratic candidate Lorna Phillipson in 2016, 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. In 2011, American Conservative Union gave Smith a lifetime score of 60%.
In 2018, Conservative Review gave Smith a Liberty Index score of 42%. Smith was ranked as the 17th most bipartisan member of the U. S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress in the Bipartisan Index by The Lugar Center, it was revealed in October 2015 that intern applicants for Smith's office were required to rate "27 different personalities 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, The National Right to Life Committee. Veterans 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.
Smith passed 22 laws addressing veterans issues. 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 required, embarrassing the administration and Republican congressional leadership. 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, on January 5, 2005 it voted to make him chairman; that decision was ratified by the Republican Conference on January 6, Smith was removed from the committee altogether. Smith stated. 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, 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 say no to veterans' groups and say yes to the Republican leadership; that meant get rid of Chris Smith." On May 6, 2014, Smith introduced the bill