Former U.S. Department of State official Stephanie Schmid has received the endorsements of four Ocean County Democrats for her bid run against 20-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in New Jersey’s 4th district.
Schmid now has the backing of Manchester municipal chair Patricia Troise, Point Pleasant Beach municipal chairman Ed Wolff, former Jackson councilman Gene Davis, and Erin Wheeler, a teachers’ union leader who ran for the State Assembly last year.
“Stephanie was the only candidate in CD4 who stepped up and volunteered her time as well as her staff and volunteers’ time to knock on doors and get out the vote for our local race,” wheeler said. “I know that as the next Congresswoman in CD4 she will continue to fight on behalf of all of us here in New Jersey.”
Ocean County Democratic chairman Wyatt Earp has not yet backed a candidate to challenge Smith. His endorsement will determine who gets the organization line in Ocean County.
Schmid had been viewed as the front runner for the Democratic nomination, but stumbled a bit this week when former United Nations staffer Christine Conforti won an upset victory at the Mercer County Democratic convention. Another candidate, former journalist David Applefield, has raised more money – most of it self-financed.
Monmouth County, which holds their convention this month, makes up about 64% of the Democratic primary voters in the 4th. Ocean has 21% and Mercer is 15%.