Rep. Smith and Kevin McHugh, CEO of the Atlantic Club in Wall Township, discuss the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the health and fitness center. On Oct. 23, Smith announced he would cosponsor a bipartisan bill, The Health and Fitness Recovery Act of 2020, which would create a $30 billion recovery fund for gyms and health clubs, many of which are small businesses with an average of seven workers in an industry estimated to have employed over 700,000 in 2019. Many fitness centers face closure or bankruptcy unless Congress either authorizes a second round of PPP loans or passes HR 8485.
Smith co-sponsors bipartisan bill to help struggling health & fitness industry
October 23, 2020
Asbury Park Press article on Smith announcement'Whiting, Joint Base to be protected from wildfires by five-mile firebreak'
October 22, 2020
6 NJ sites to get $1.9M in DoD funds for conservation work near basesFirebreak near Jt. Base MDL would protect Whiting from wildfires; Other projects at Earle, Warren Grove
October 20, 2020
Residents of the Whiting community in Manchester Township south of Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL) will receive added protection from the threat of wildfires because of new federal funding, said Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04). The Department of Defense will provide funding to six projects in New Jersey (see list below) that promote land conservation near military sites, including $380,000 for a firebreak project to be built near the Roosevelt City section of Whiting. The firebreak will simul... More
Smith, Van Drew introduce bill to raise 2020, 2021 COLACOVID-19 Emergency Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustment Increase Act
October 16, 2020
New Jersey congressmen Chris Smith and Jeff Van Drew today introduced legislation to significantly increase the annual cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Social Security recipients after it was announced earlier this week by the Social Security Administration that the COLA effective December 2020 is going to be 1.3 percent. The Smith-Van Drew proposal would increase the 2020 COLA to 3 percent in 2020, and no less than 3 percent more in 2021. With the average Social Security payment to individu... More
Asbury Park Press article/video'Middletown mayor, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith announce CARES Act funding for small businesses'
October 16, 2020