Former U.S. Department of State official Stephanie Schmid raised more than $100,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 for her bid to challenge Rep. Christopher Smith in New Jersey’s 4th district.
That means Schmid has brought in over $200,000 since entering the congressional race last summer.
“I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who’s donated, who’s volunteered, and who is spreading our message,” Schmid said. “We need a strong grassroots campaign to unseat a 39-year incumbent and everyone who is willing to pitch in is making an impact.”
Smith is seeking re-election to his 21st term in the U.S. House of Representatives. If he wins re-election, he would set the record as the longest-serving congressman in New Jersey history.
He reported a warchest of $416,711 in October.
From 2018 until last month, Schmid served as U.S. Foreign Policy Counsel to the Center for Reproductive Rights. Before that, she spent seven years as a foreign service officer assigned to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor – the office headed by now-Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) when he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of State from 2014 to 2017.
A graduate of Yale and University of California, Berkeley Law School, Schmid was a law clerk to Judge Ronald Gould of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels of the Southern District of New York. She was a civil and white collar litigation lawyer before joining the State Department.
Schmid faces former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, retired journalist David Applefield, former United Nations staffer Christine Conforti, and financial analyst Hassan Shehadeh in the Democratic primary.
Schmid is the first to release 4th quarter fundraising numbers.
“Our growing number of donors shows that our message is resonating with people in NJ-04 and around the country,” Schmid said. “I’m excited to continue to have important discussions with members of our community and build on this momentum that will carry us over the finish line in November 2020.”
She is not accepting fossil fuel or corporate PAC money.
With 22,099 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.
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 Democrat Josh Welle raised $1.8 million, the often underestimated GOP congressman raised $1.5 million and won by 12 percentage points.