Former U.S. Department of State official Stephanie Schmid won the Monmouth County Democratic organization line, defeating former United Nations staffer Christine Conforti and former journalist David Applefield by a wide margin in a contest conducted using vote-by-mail ballots.
Schmid defeated Conforti by a vote of 267 to 144 (62%-34%), with 17 votes (4%) for Applefield.
The three Democrats are seeking to challenge Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), who is seeking re-election to a 21st term in the only congressional district in New Jersey with more registered Republicans than Democrats.
Democrats cancelled their convention in Monmouth after social distancing requirements made it impossible to hold a large gathering.
This puts Schmid on the organization line with Joe Biden and Cory Booker in all three counties in New Jersey’s 4th district.
This is a milestone victory for our campaign, and I am so thankful for the amazing group of volunteers who are working incredibly hard—even during this difficult time—to spread our message of hope and change,” said Schmid. “Our grassroots organization grows every day, and no matter what challenges are thrown our way over the next weeks and months, our campaign is determined to take back this seat and send Chris Smith into retirement. Together, we will ensure that NJ-04 has a Congresswoman fighting for the health and safety of our families.”
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%).
Earlier today, the New Jersey Globe reported that Applefield and Conforti are planning a legal challenge to the results of the online Ocean County Democratic convention. Schmid won the contest by a narrow five-vote margin over Conforti.
Conforti beat Schmid at the Mercer Democratic convention on March 4 by eight votes. Since Schmid was able to hit the 40% threshold, under party rules she will also be listed on the Mercer line.
This story was updated at 3:42 PM with comment from Schmid.