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Conforti raises $4,950 for challenge to Smith

Democrat has $3,336 cash-on-hand in NJ-4

By David Wildstein, October 14 2019 12:01 am

Democratic House candidate Christine Conforti has raised $4,950 for her bid to challenge Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in New Jersey’s 4th district.

Conforti, a former United Nations project manager, raised $4,806 in the 3rd quarter and has $3,346 cash-on-hand.

The early front-runner for the Democratic nomination, former U.S. Department of State official Stephanie Schmid, has said she’s raised over $100,000 in her first month as a candidate.

Two other Democrats in the race,  lobbyist Tiffany Kaszuba and retired journalist David Applefield, have not yet filed 3rd quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission.

Former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, who ran in the 2018 primary, is also considering another run.

Smith is seeking re-election to his 21st term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  If he wins re-election, he would set the record as the longest-serving congressman in New Jersey history.

With 21,635 more Republicans than Democrats, the 4th is the only House district in New Jersey to become more Republican over the last decade.  When the last map was drawn after the 2010 census, the district had 12,193 more Republicans than Democrats.

Smith was first elected to Congress in 1980, at age 27, after thirteen-term Rep. Frank B. Thompson, Jr. (D-Trenton) was indicted as part of the Abscam scandal.  Smith won, 57%-41%, in a district that Ronald Reagan carried by three points.

Democrats thought they had a shot at beating Smith last year when Democrat Josh Welle raised $1.8 million, the often underestimated GOP congressman raised $1.5 million and won by 12 percentage points.

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