Smith will run in 2020

Congressman Chris Smith and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger at the 2016 9/11 remembrance in Middletown

Congressman Chris Smith is running for 21st term in the House of Representatives next year and would be content to run another 4-5 times, according to a interview he had with NJGlobe.

“I’ve never been more enthusiastic about a job in my life,” Smith said.  “I hope to have another decade here.  I love it that much.”

Smith was responding to rumors that he would retire in 2020. In 2018, MoveOn.Org had a fundraising campaign based upon their lie that the Dean of the New Jersey delegation was retiring.

“It’s a type of smear,” Smith told NJGlobe of the retirement rumors.  “It’s factually untrue.  It’s unethical.”

The only Republican representing New Jersey in Congress following the 2018 election, Smith has three potential Democrat challengers who have registered with the FEC as candidates for 2020.  David Applefield, a former journalist and ghost writer who moved into the Red Bank this year, Tiffany Kaszuba, a DC lobbyist who lives in Maryland and is registered to vote in Howell, and Christine Marie Conforti, a Holistic Leadership and Business Coach who sells remote empowerment and a digital nomad lifestyle who registered to vote in Ocean Grove in May of this year.

Jim Keady, the former Asbury Park Councilman who lost the Dem primaries in CD-4 in 2018 and in CD-3 in 2016 told MMM that he has not made a decision about running in 2020.  Keady’s 2018 campaign account has cash on hand of $5,020.88 and debt of $14,000 as of June 30.

Posted: August 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Smith will run in 2020”

  1. Unlike many said at 9:24 pm on August 6th, 2019:

    electeds who become complacent and careworn, as they ease back into incumbent re- elections( r u listening, Frank?), this man gets more relevant and successful, as time goes on: so many pertinent issues occupy his time and attention, and many lives have been improved, helped, and yes, saved, due to legislation he has fought for and gotten passed and signed into law. Good for you, Chris, God bless, we’ll be with you!

  2. DeeCee said at 3:52 pm on August 15th, 2019:

    Cannot wait to cast a vote for whoever runs against him!

  3. Too bad.. said at 9:15 am on August 17th, 2019:

    Why? Because he is pro- life in a kill- babies culture? Compare all his positive results to, say, mouth- flapping, do- nothing Pallone, in this state’s delegation..Ok, then, I will work to get another vote out for Chris, to cancel out yours..

  4. And I said at 11:26 am on August 18th, 2019:

    will cancel out that other vote you can get. Checkmate.

  5. We’ll see. said at 8:12 pm on August 18th, 2019:

    Bet he wins again. Performance and dedication, versus scare tactics and nasty personal attacks. Sorry, next opponent..

  6. Why wouldn't said at 6:59 pm on August 19th, 2019:

    he win until the end of time? That CD is about 90% R. If he wins by less than 10 percentage points in any contest, it should be a giant red flag to the party.

  7. Don’t disagree. said at 7:52 pm on August 19th, 2019:

    Scary we lost the other marginally R districts. It is sad that we have gotten to the point of being unable to discuss policy differences without all the noise, media bias, and personal trashing. And, our system allows and demands the parties work to defeat each other at the ballot box on ideas on how to govern, not current,unproductive garbage on social media.