Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) won a landslide unanimous victory at the Ocean County Republican convention on Thursday, with no delegates casting their votes for two candidates contending for the party endorsement, conservative podcaster Mike Crispi and realtor Michael Blasi
The win gives Smith organization lines in Ocean and Monmouth County as he seeks re-election to a 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Three other candidates – Englishtown Councilman Daniel Francisco, attorney David Burg, and perennial aspirant Tricia Flanagan – did not enter the race for the organization line.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) had no opposition for the Ocean GOP line in the 2nd district.
Smith is now an Ocean County resident. He purchased a home in Manchester after the Democratic redistricting map put his hometown of Hamilton into the neighboring 3rd district.
Smith and Van Drew both added more of Ocean County to their districts after the new map extracted Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) from the heavily Republican county.