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April 29, 2018 – A recent editorial in the Asbury Park Press, “Go all in on autism fight,” highlighted Rep. Smith’s leadership on authoring legislation to fund research and programs to assist the autism community. See below for excerpts:

“A report released Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control shows matters appear to be getting worse. The rate of autism among children in New Jersey is the highest ever documented in the U.S…”

“Ocean County residents have particular reason to be concerned about autism. The county has the highest number of reported cases in New Jersey, which has continued to have the highest rate among the 11 states that have been tracked by the CDC over the past 14 years. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., whose district includes Ocean County, long ago recognized the severity of the problem and has been at the forefront of efforts to document the extent of the problem and provide funding for research and programs to assist the autistic and their families.”

[T]he Autism CARES Act… was written by Smith and signed into law in 2014. It authorizes federal programs that support the autism community, and funds research and the development of new treatments and therapies.”

To read the full APP editorial, click here.

Excerpted and emphasis added.