House GOP leadership backs Chris Smith for re-election

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The top three Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have endorsed Rep. Christopher Smith for re-election in New Jersey’s 4th district, a move that makes a primary challenge against the 21-term incumbent more difficult.

“Chris Smith is a bold and effective legislator for the people of New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Joining McCarthy, who is the leading candidate for Speaker if the GOP wins a majority in the upcoming mid-term elections, in backing Smith for another term are House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik.

Under a Democratic redistricting map approved last month, Smith’s hometown of Hamilton was placed in the 3rd district with Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown).  Smith had said he will seek re-election in his district, where he has already…

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