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Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-Hamilton). (Photo: Chris Smith).

Social Security advocacy group endorses Smith

Veteran GOP congressman gets backing of Democratic-leaning group

By David Wildstein, October 19 2018 10:40 pm

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, which supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act and has ties to national Democrats, has endorsed Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) for re-election to Congress in New Jersey’s 4th district.

“Our nation needs your leadership, vision and courage to vote in the interests of your constituency against strong national pressures in the fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families,” wrote Max Richtman, the president of the group.  “You are well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and will make the preservation and enhancement of Social Security and Medicare a priority in Congress.”

Smith’s Democratic opponent, Josh Welle, has accused Smith of supporting a denial of social security benefits, but the endorsement of this group appears to dispute that.

The group has also endorsed Democrats Jeff Van Drew, Andy Kim, Frank Pallone and Mikie Sherrill.

Richtman was a Democratic U.S. Senate staffer and a member of the 2016 Democratic National Convention platform committee. The organization has 4,450 members in the 11th district.

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