At Monday’s Fourth Congressional District debate hosted by the Asbury Park Press, Stephanie Schmid showed voters why she is the leader we need to move our community and our country forward.
The differences between the two candidates could not have been clearer. Schmid calmly and clearly presented her vision for the future of NJ-04 and our country, grounding her arguments in facts and science, demonstrating a thorough understanding of complex policies on a wide-range of issues, and calling out Smith for his failed leadership during a pandemic and economic crisis that has devastated New Jersey. By contrast, Rep. Chris Smith was evasive, defensive, and rambling — refusing to answer most questions and failing to abide by the agreed upon 90 second limit for answers. One would have thought Schmid was the seasoned member of Congress and Smith the bumbling, unprepared challenger. Schmid decisively won the debate. Now we know why Smith avoided responding to our August 25th challenge to three public debates for months and then only agreed to a single debate as late in October as possible, after nearly 150,000 ballots had already been cast.