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Democratic congressional candidate David Applefield, a former journalist, is challenging Rep. Christopher Smith in NJ-4.

Applefield halts campaign events, canvassing

Democratic congressional candidate will reach voters by phone and text

By David Wildstein, March 16 2020 7:01 pm

David Applefield has cancelled and postponed campaign events, suspended their door-to-door efforts, and will reach voters through phone calls, text messages and virtual communications in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th district.

“The urgency of this unprecedented pandemic requires a whole new set of priorities. There is nothing more important than protecting our community,” said Applefield, one of three Democrats seeking a shot to take on 20-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).  “As a local resident and small business owner, I believe we need to rise to a level of community solidarity, while heeding to advice of social distancing from the World Health Organization and Governor Murphy’s office,” Applefield said.

Applefield noted that that a state government hotline set up to answer questions on the coronavirus pandemic is not positioned to locate testing sites, get test results, or offer medical advice.

“We know this pandemic is taking a toll on our local economy and financially burdening our community; our goal is to lead by example in supporting local businesses by ordering takeout for staff and purchasing gift cards,” said Applefield’ s campaign manager, Lorina Aboulmouna.

Smith spoke with representatives from the Mercer and Ocean county health departments today via teleconference from his New Jersey offices to offer advocacy and assistance from the federal level.

“We must contain the coronavirus pandemic and protect all people, especially those most vulnerable to the disease such as the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions,” Smith said.

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