October 8, 2020
Rep. Chris Smith today welcomed the endorsement of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. A leading national environmental organization, the National Wildlife Federation works to promote clean water and energy initiatives and advocates for solutions to protect and restore wildlife habitats.
“Throughout his time on the Hill, Rep. Chris Smith has emerged as a champion for ensuring clean
water, restoring wildlife habitat, and bolstering the resilience of coastal communities to
hurricanes and other severe weather,” said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National
Wildlife Federation Action Fund.
“New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District is fortunate to have such a common-sense conservation
champion and wildlife advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is proud to endorse Rep. Smith for re-election,”
“New Jersey’s beaches and parks are a great treasure that must be protected from the dangers of
pollution, which can have lasting and devastating impacts to our environment, our commercial
activity, and our children and families,” said Rep. Smith.
Smith has an extensive record of fighting against pollution and other threats to New Jersey’s
environment. He strongly opposes oil and gas drilling off New Jersey’s coastline which endangers
the environment as well as fishing and tourism industries that are vital to the local economy.
“Ten years ago, the BP oil spill – the largest in American history – showed us the serious risks
that offshore drilling poses to coastal communities. It is critical we keep our coastline free from
offshore drilling to prevent any harm to our ocean and beaches, and I look forward to continue
working diligently to ensure we keep New Jersey clean for everybody,” Smith added.
The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund praised Smith for cosponsoring the Recovering
America’s Wildlife Act and the Great American Outdoors Act which permanently funds the Land and
Water Conservation Fund.
Additionally, he has cosponsored numerous bills that would prohibit any exploration and
development of oil and gas in U.S. coastal waters, especially along New Jersey’s beaches. Smith is
also the author of the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act to provide veterans with greater
access to federal lands for medical therapy.
Rep. Smith represents the Fourth Congressional District, which includes several Jersey shore towns.