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Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

District: 4th District
Political Highlights: Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1978; U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-present
Born: March 4, 1953; Rahway, N.J.
Residence: Robbinsville
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Marie Smith; four children
Education: Trenton State College, B.A. 1975
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1980 (18th term)
Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations - Chairman; Western Hemisphere)

Election History
2014generalChristopher Smith (R) 118,82668.0
Ruben Scolavino (D) 54,41531.1
Scott Neuman (DRP) 1,6080.9
2012generalChristopher Smith (R) 195,14563.7
Brian Froelich (D) 107,99135.3
Leonard Marshall (NJC) 3,1111.0
2010generalChristopher Smith (R) 129,75269.4
Howard Kleinhendler (D) 52,11827.9
Joseph Siano (LIBERT) 2,9121.6
Steven Welzer (GREEN) 1,5740.8
David Meiswinkle (ARM) 5820.3
2008generalChristopher Smith (R) 202,97266.2
Joshua Zeitz (D) 100,03632.6
Steven Welzer (GREEN) 3,5431.2
2006generalChristopher Smith (R) 124,48265.7
Carol Gay (D) 62,90533.2
Richard Edgar (LIBERT) 1,5390.8
Louis Wary (RMN) 6140.3
2004generalChristopher Smith (R) 192,67167.0
Amy Vasquez (D) 92,82632.3
Richard Edgar (LIBERT) 2,0560.7
2002generalChristopher Smith (R) 115,29366.2
Mary Brennan (D) 55,96732.1
Keith Quarles (LIBERT) 1,2110.7
Hermann Winkelmann (HHD) 1,0630.6
Don Graham (NJC) 7670.4
2000generalChristopher Smith (R) 158,51563.2
Reed Gusciora (D) 87,95635.1
Stuart Chaifetz (I) 3,6271.5
Paul Teel (I) 7120.3
1998generalChristopher Smith (R) 92,99162.2
Larry Schneider (D) 52,28135.0
Keith Quarles (LIBERT) 1,7531.2
Morgan Strong (NJC) 1,4981.0
Nick Mellis (GREEN) 1,0540.7
1996generalChristopher Smith (R) 146,40463.6
Kevin Meara (D) 77,56533.7
Robert Figueroa (LIBERT) 3,0001.3
J. Strong (NJC) 2,0340.9
Arnold Kokans (NL) 1,1110.5
1994generalChristopher Smith (R) 109,81867.9
Ralph Walsh (D) 49,53730.6
Leonard Marshall (NJC) 1,5791.0
Arnold Kokans (NL) 8330.5
1992generalChristopher Smith (R) 149,09561.8
Brian Hughes (D) 84,51435.0
Ben Grindlinger (LIBERT) 2,9841.2
Patrick Pasculli (I) 2,1370.9
Agnes James (NJC) 1,6300.7
Joseph Notarangelo (AFP) 8650.4
1990generalChristopher Smith (R) 101,50863.0
Mark Setaro (D) 55,45434.0
1988generalChristopher Smith (R) 155,28366.0
Betty Holland (D) 79,00633.0
1986generalChristopher Smith (R) 78,69961.0
Jeffrey Laurenti (D) 49,29038.0
1984generalChristopher Smith (R) 139,29561.0
James Hedden (D) 87,90839.0
1982generalChristopher Smith (R) 85,66053.0
Joseph Merlino (D) 75,65847.0
1980generalChristopher Smith (R) 95,44757.0
Frank Thompson (D) 68,48041.0
Christopher Smith (R) 41,83337.0
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