Candidate Profile
Christopher H. Smith

Republican , New Jersey

Biography

Name
Christopher H. Smith
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  95%
FRC Action, 2019:  95%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  64%, 87% (cum.)
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  86%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  67%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  66%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  55%, 57% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  56%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  55%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  47%
Freedom Index, 2019:  45% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  45% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  56%, 44% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  30%, 43% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  43%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  C-
NumbersUSA, 2019:  12%, 41% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  38%, 39% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  33% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  31%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  D

60%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  72%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  64%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  58%, 61% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  60%, 61% (cum.)
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  46%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  64%, 43% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  38%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  35%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  33%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  29%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  40%, 27% (cum.)
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  27%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  19%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  15%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  3% (cum.)
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

35%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

2
National Right To Life, New Jersey Right to Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
18
Francisco "Quico" Canseco (2013), Frank Guinta (2013), Howard "Buck" McKeon (2013), Jeff Denham (2013), Jim Renacci (2013), Michael Grimm (2013) and 12 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
52
Americans for Republican Leadership (2008), Americans for Tax Reform (2010), Andrew Harris (2006), Bernie Marcus (2019), Campaign for Working Families (2010), Clifford Bundy Stearns, Sr. (2015) and 46 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
American Nurses Association (2008), League Of Conservation Voters (2012), United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (2010)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
47
Airline Pilots Association (2020), American Association for Justice (2020), American Federation of Government Employees (2019), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2020), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (2019), American Maritime Officers (2019) and 41 more

Summary

42%

LIBERAL

58%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll705.xml

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

(Did not answer)

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

(Did not answer)

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(Did not answer)


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

(Did not answer)

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

(Did not answer)

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

(Did not answer)

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

(Did not answer)

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

(Did not answer)

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

(Did not answer)

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)


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