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House Candidate Stephanie Schmid. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Schmid has already spent 71% of what she’s raised

NJ-4 Democratic congressional candidate is down to $79k cash-on-hand

By David Wildstein, April 15 2020 8:01 pm

Editor’s note: Schmid’s campaign says they have $90,793 cash-on-hand and the numbers that appear on the Federal Election Commission website are incorrect.

Stephanie Schmid, a former U.S. State Department official seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge 20-term Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-Hamilton), raised $77,554 in the first quarter of this year and has $79,148 cash-on-hand.

Schmid has raised $279,810 since launching her congressional race last year, but has now burned through 71% of her campaign funds.

She spent $86,522 so far this year, bringing her disbursement total to $200,661.

Schmid appears to be feeling the effect of COVID-19 on campaign fundraising.  She raised $100,000 in her first month as a candidate and $100,000 during the 4th quarter of last year.

Another candidate, former United Nations staffer Christine Conforti, has just $434 in her campaign account.  She raised  $6,451 during the first three months of 2020 and has brought in $14,151.

A third candidate, former journalist David Applefield, has not yet released his 1st quarter fundraising numbers.

Smith has raised $849,894 in his bid for a record-setting 21st term, including $120,009 in Q1.  He has $590,085 in his warchest.

Schmid has the organization lines in Monmouth and Ocean counties and shares the line in Mercer with Conforti, who won the Mercer Democratic convention by seven votes.

Monmouth Democrats gave Schmid a decisive 62%-34% win, but Conforti came within five votes of winning Ocean.

Monmouth County made up 64% of the total votes cast in the 2018 Democratic congressional primary in the 4th district.  Ocean was 21% and Mercer was 15%.

In that race, Josh Welle had the organization line in all three counties.  He defeated former Asbury Park councilman Jim Keady by 2,923 votes in Monmouth (58%-42%), 892 votes in Ocean (57%-43%), and 408 in Mercer (55%-45%).

With 22,090 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.

The 4th is also the only congressional district in the state where Republicans outnumber 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 Welle raised $1.8 million, the often underestimated GOP congressman raised $1.5 million and won by 12 percentage points.

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