Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Christopher Smith NJ-4
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The constituents of New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District are petitioning our Congressional representative, Chris Smith, to hold a public town hall meeting as soon as possible.
Town hall meetings were essential to the formation of this great country, and they remain just as relevant today. James Madison and Alexander Hamilton believed that "the representative ought to be acquainted with the interests and circumstances of his constituents (Federalist 56)." Members of Congress have a duty to act in alignment with the ideologies and priorities of their districts.
Congressman Smith has not hosted or attended a public town hall meeting since 1993, and requests to his staff have gone unanswered.
According to the United States House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: "Understanding the importance of balancing responsibilities in Washington with duties back home, this [year's] calendar also provides a district work period nearly every month so that elected Representatives can stay connected to their constituents." There are many open dates in the coming weeks.
If an in-person meeting is problematic, the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation found that online town hall meetings were "easy to run and did not require a significant amount of Members’ time or effort...Participating Members of Congress also found these interactions useful. As one Representative stated, “I thoroughly enjoyed being able to engage with my constituents on the topic...and learned a lot from the session.”
New Jersey's 4th congressional district includes:
- Hamilton Township and Robbinsville Township
- Allentown; Avon-By-The-Sea; Belmar; Bradley Beach; Brielle; Colts Neck; Eatontown; Englishtown; Fair Haven; Farmingdale; Freehold Borough; Freehold Township ; Holmdel; Howell; Lake Como; Little Silver; Manalapan; Manasquan; Middletown (part); Millstone; Neptune City; Neptune Twp.; Ocean Twp.; Red Bank; Roosevelt; Rumson; Sea Girt; Shrewsbury Borough; Shrewsbury Twp.; Spring Lake; Spring Lake Heights; Tinton Falls; Upper Freehold; Wall.
- Bay Head, Jackson, Lakewood, Lakehurst, Manchester, Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant (part), Plumsted
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