New Jersey’s only Republican representative in Washington posted a strong fundraising result for the first quarter of the 2020 election cycle.
Congressman Chris Smith raised $236,494 in the quarter and has $212,194 cash on hand, New Jersey Globe reports. Since the 2018 election, Smith has raised $259,388.11.
In the first quarter of 2017 Smith raised $65,277.
Democrat Josh Welle spent $1.8 million trying to unseat Smith in 2018. Smith spent $1.5 million defending his 4th District seat and won by 12%.
Former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, a candidate for the Democrat nomination in CD-4 in 2018 and in CD-3 in 2016, declined to comment when MMM asked him if he was considering a run in 2020. Keady’s FEC account remains open with $5,232.52 cash on hand and $14,000 in debt as of March 31.
Keady mentioned that he is opening his Spring Lake home for an Organizing Kickoff event for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign on April 27.
As strong as Smith’s fundraising performance was in the quarter, 9 of the 11 Democrat NJ Members of Congress raised much more. Freshmen Mikie Sherrill, Tom Malinowski and Andy Kim each raised over $500K. The Washington Democrats have targeted Smith once again in 2020.
MMM readers who would like to contribute to Smith’s 2020 campaign can do so here.