In 2004, Sister Jean Chichester, a Benedictine nun, said in an interview “But I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking. If all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed and why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

Sister Jean perfectly described the 37-year career of Rep. Chris Smith.

Prenatal health care? Nutrition programs? Women’s reproductive health care? Education? Housing assistance for families with children? Regulation of toxic chemicals, agricultural and industrial pollution linked to everything from miscarriages to abnormal prenatal brain development to asthma to cancer? ALL gutted by the GOP, and with few objections from Chris Smith.

The sad fact is, whenever his party’s leaders need his vote, either to pass a bill they want or defeat a bill they don’t want, Chris Smith is Mr. Reliable. He has been a loyal soldier on behalf of corrupt values and interests that, as a self-proclaimed “pro-life” champion he should completely oppose. The sad fact is that Chris Smith hasn’t taken a courageous stand or a courageous vote for decades.

The sad fact is that, on the great moral issues facing us, Chris Smith is and has for decades been mostly talk. And on the most serious facing us now, he’s been dead silent.

I want someone DEMONSTRABLY more principled and gutsy representing me. In the Democratic Primary on June 5, I’m voting for Jim Keady. Jim’s the man who a fuming Chris Christie told to “SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN” when Jim asked pointed questions about Christie’s incompetent Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

For over 20 years, Jim has been fighting for everything that Chris Smith SHOULD have been fighting for, never did, and still doesn’t. Unlike Smith, Jim has a track record of consistent, insistent, persistent struggle based on the moral values shared by most Americans. The values that start with “We all need to be there for each other”.

THAT’s the kind of person I want representing me in Congress.

Rob Benjamin
Hamilton, NJ


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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...