Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-Hamilton) has raised $849,894 as he seeks to set a record as the longest-serving congressman in New Jersey history.
Smith brought in $120,009 during the first quarter of 2020 and has $590,085 cash-on-hand.
On January 3,2021, Smith is set to tie Rep. Peter W. Rodino’s record for the greatest number of years in the House. If he’s re-elected this year, he’ll break the record as soon as he takes the oath of office for his 21st term in Congress.
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 Democrat Josh Welle raised $1.8 million, the often underestimated GOP congressman raised $1.5 million and won by 12 percentage points.
Smith was the lone Republican in the New Jersey congressional delegation for most of 2019. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) joined him when he switched parties last December.