Assemblywoman Joann Downey endorsed Stephanie Schmid for Congress Thursday.
“Stephanie has the background and expertise as a retired Foreign Service Officer, US Diplomat and human rights attorney to finally flip this seat and represent our district,” Downey said. “For years we’ve watched Chris Smith attack women’s healthcare in our name, and that needs to end now.”
Schmid is one of four Democrats seeking the nod in the fourth district.
She faces David Applefield, Jim Keady and Christine Conforti in the primary.
“I had the pleasure of getting to know Stephanie personally as she volunteered and worked hard for not only my race but so many of our local races,” Downey said. “I look forward to having a partner at the federal level to work for our community and what truly matters to our constituents.”
Before Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s party switch last year, Smith was the only Republican member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation.
He’s held his seat since he first won it in 1980.
“Assemblywoman Downey is someone I respect and admire for her incredible dedication to our community,” Schmid said. “She is a woman who has won tough elections and I look forward to her mentorship and full support in taking Chris Smith head on.”