October 5, 2018 – The New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), has become the most recent first responder/law enforcement organization to endorse Rep. Chris Smith for his re-election to U.S. Congress. FOP has over 13,000 members comprised of active duty and retired law enforcement officers who serve all branches and levels of government. Smith recently received endorsements from the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association and The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association.
“Each and every day, law enforcement officers work at all levels of government to ensure the safety of all citizens. I am honored to receive the endorsement of the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police,” said Rep. Smith.
In the letter endorsing Rep. Smith, NJ FOP President Robert Fox said: “The FOP supports your election to the United States Congress… This endorsement is based on your support for issues that are beneficial to the FOP… The FOP looks forward to working with you in the future…”
Fox went on to praise Rep. Smith’s unwavering commitment to supporting local law enforcement agencies and resources.
Just last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to combat the opioid epidemic with Smith’s full support. The new law will enhance law enforcement initiatives, expand resources for those affected by the epidemic and boost access to treatment. Rep. Smith is working closely with New Jersey law enforcement officials, local elected officials and non-government organizations to advance creative ways to combat opioid abuse and help those with the addiction. Rep. Smith chaired a hearing on the opioid epidemic in September.
Rep. Smith has an extensive track record for supporting the law enforcement community. For instance in 2015, Rep. Smith was an outspoken advocate for the reauthorization of the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act,” which improved services to those impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attack and also funded the World Trade Center Health Program for 75 more years, until 2090.
Over the years, Rep. Smith has worked with the law enforcement community to write groundbreaking laws to combat human trafficking and protect children from child abduction on a national and global scale.