The New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association has endorsed Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) for renomination in the June 7 Republican primary.
The union president, Patrick Colligan, called Smith “a champion and a defender of the law enforcement community in New Jersey” and said GOP congressman has “never wavered (in his) dedication to our members, in good times and in bad.”
Smith faces two opponents in the primary: podcasting Mike Crispi and retired FBI agent Steve Gray.
The 69-year-old Smith is seeking re-election to a 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was 27 when he ousted House Administration Committee Chairman Frank Thompson, Jr. (D-Trenton) in 1980.
“As attacks against police increase, and as crime continues to rise, we must all double down on our support of the brave men and women who keep our communities safe,” said Smith. “I look forward to continuing to work with President Colligan and the PBA in the next Congress to pass policies that protect and defend the men and women in blue.”
The state PBA today also endorsed Bob Healey in the 3rd district and Tom Kean, Jr. in the 7th.