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Rep. Chris Smith. (Photo: U.S. Congressman Chris Smith).

Chris Smith has $825,000 in campaign warchest

N.J. congressman well-funded heading into June GOP primary

By David Wildstein, April 15 2022 9:19 am

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) has raised $1,031,780 for his re-election campaign in New Jersey’s 4th district and has $825,347 cash-on-hand after bringing in $264,010 during the first quarter of 2022.

Smith represents a solidly Republican district in Ocean and Monmouth counties but faces a crowded primary field as he sees a 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

First elected to Congress in 1980, Smith ousted 13-term incumbent Frank Thompson, Jr. (D-Trenton), the chairman of the House Administration Committee.  Thompson was indicted in the Abscam scandal and Smith was the 27-year-old executive director of New Jersey Right to Life.

Now Smith is the senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and holds the record as the longest-serving congressman in New Jersey history.

Republican organization lines in Ocean and Monmouth have gone to Smith.

Conservative podcaster Mike Crispi, U.S. Army veteran Mike Blasi, retired FBI agent Steve Gray, who are challenging Smith for the GOP nomination, have released their first quarter fundraising numbers.

Two other candidates, Tricia Flanagan and Robert Shapiro, were tossed from the ballot this week by administrative law judges after they failed to get the required 200 signatures on their nominating petitions.

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