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.