Amid signs of momentum for New Jersey Democrats, challenger Stephanie Schmid and her allies anticipate an underdog Nov. 3rd win against incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4), a 39-year incumbent whom Schmid criticizes as absent, silent, and attentive to a wrong-headed ideological agenda in the middle of multiple on-the-ground crises.
Schmid faced off against her opponent this past week in an Asbury Park Press debate and interpreted as a favorable sign Smith’s eagerness to go negative.
“Congressman Smith can’t run on his record and he has done nothing to shore up our healthcare,” Schmid told InsiderNJ in the aftermath of the debate. “In July he voted against a bill that would have strengthened it. I just think his performance in the debate and his cavalier answers indicate that he doesn’t understand our community.”