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GOP local officials nearly unanimous in support of Chris Smith

Veteran congressman seeking 22nd term

By David Wildstein, May 23 2022 11:16 am

Nearly all of the Republican elected officials in Monmouth and Ocean counties have lined up in support of Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) for re-election to a 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Smith has the organization lines in both counties and today announced endorsements from all six state senators and twelve members of the State Assembly  — newly-elected Assemblywomen Marilyn Piperno (R-Colts Neck) and Kim Eulner (R-Shrewsbury) represent parts of the New Jersey’s 4th district.  The endorsement roster includes the sheriffs and county clerks of both counties, and every county commissioner from Monmouth and Ocean.

“Smith understands the needs of our communities and works tirelessly for us in Washington,” said More than 65 state, county and local officials in a statement.  “There is no better partner to advocate for us on a national level.”

27 of the 28 GOP mayors in the 4th district have endorsed Smith, including Tony Perry of Middletown, Mo Hill of Toms River, and Joe DiBella of Howell, and deputy mayor Menashe Miller of Lakewood.

Redistricting removed part of Mercer County from Smith’s district – his will be the first time since 1978 that Smith’s name won’t appear on the ballot in Hamilton in a federal election – and added many of the heavily-Republican towns that had been in represented by Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown).

“I am extremely grateful for the continued support of such tremendous leaders and partners at the state, county and local levels,” said Smith.  “We have worked together on issues of critical importance to our towns and constituents.  Because of their tenacity, vision and commitment Monmouth and Ocean Counties—the Jersey Shore—remains a great place to live and work.”

Smith faces a primary challenge from conservative podcaster Mike Crispi and retired FBI agent Steve Gray.

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