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Rep. Christopher H. Smith. (Photo: Chris Smith.)

Chris Smith has $658k warchest for re-election in NJ-4

By David Wildstein, January 31 2022 11:52 pm

Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) has $658,383 cash-on-hand for his re-election bid in New Jersey’s 4th district after raising $345,030 during the fourth quarter of 2021.

Smith has raised $771,370 so far this cycle as he prepares to seek re-election to his 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Smith was first elected in 1980 at age 27 when he unseated 13-term House Administration Committee Chairman Frank Thompson (D-Trenton).

Five candidates are challenging Smith in the Republican primary: Englishtown Councilman Daniel Francisco; U.S. Army veteran Mike Blasi; conservative podcaster Michael Crispi; attorney David Burg; and perennial candidate Tricia Flanagan.

Blasi reported raising $28,704 during the last three months of the year and a total of $50,654 for his challenge to Smith, but he has just $4,942 remaining in his campaign account.  He has contributed $14,300 to his own campaign.

Burg has $26,287 cash-on-hand after raising $29,276.

Crispi entered the race in April; his first report is due in April.

Flanagan was originally seeking the GOP nomination to run against Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) but switched to a primary challenge against Smith.  After that, her hometown of Lawrence was redistricted out of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s district and into Kim’s.

In her two U.S. Senate races, Flanagan had a history of late filings with the Federal Election Commission.  She previously reported raising a paltry $1,577 since entering the race in July, despite a campaign video that consultants say cost significantly more than that to produce.

Flanagan has not yet filed her fourth quarter report.

No Democrats have announced their candidacies in the 4th district.  There is some speculation that Lorna Phillipson, who won 33.5% against Smith in 2016, may run again.

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