Congressman Chris Smith raises over $235K in the first quarter.

Congressman Chris Smith addressing Colts Neck High School students, May 29, 2018

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%.

Welle filed a termination report with the FEC and has said he will take 4-6 years off before running for federal office again.

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.

Posted: April 16th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Congressman Chris Smith raises over $235K in the first quarter.”

  1. One Would Think said at 10:14 am on April 16th, 2019:

    that Keady has had enough as he’s lost 3 out of his last 3 primary campaigns.

    Hell, maybe he’s looking for a paid gig in Bernie’s campaign to pay off his campaign debt. One would also think that if Keady’s far left/progressive ideas were so popular, he wouldn’t have any campaign debt!

  2. Should be ok said at 11:10 pm on April 16th, 2019:

    for 2020. My concern is the next re-districting: with every other seat gone blue, be interesting to see if the Dems manage to finagle around the towns again, to make them even more blue: if we actually lose a seat because of the ongoing exodus out of NJ, just as well..