Republican Congressman Chris Smith wins re-election in New Jersey

Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Smith has won his 19th term in Congress.

Smith has served in the House since 1981 and is the longest-tenured member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation.

Smith defeated Democrat Lorna Phillipson. The Wall Street executive had served as CEO at Stewart Forbes Venture Capital.

The 4th District includes parts of Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties and has more Republicans than Democrats. But like most of the state, it has even more unaffiliated voters.

Smith has been popular in the district, and the contest did not look close. The congressman spent about $360,000 to Phillipson’s $191,000 during the campaign.

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