Candidate Profile
Christopher H. Smith

Republican , New Jersey


Christopher H. Smith
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4

Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Conservative Organizations

Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
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.)
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%
Freedom Index, 2019:  45% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  45% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  58%, 44% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  27%, 43% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  43%
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%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  26%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  D
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  D



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%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  80%, 30% (cum.)
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  29%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  27%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  17%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  17%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  15%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  3% (cum.)
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%




*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Campaign for Working Families, *Family Research Council Action PAC, National Right To Life, New Jersey Right to Life


*Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, *Brady PAC, Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence, New Jersey AFL-CIO


Humane Society Legislative Fund, *International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), *National Wildlife Federation Action Fund

Selected Contributions


Bill Posey (2008), Francisco "Quico" Canseco (2013), Frank Guinta (2013), Howard "Buck" McKeon (2013), Jeff Denham (2013), Jim Renacci (2013) and 14 more
Americans for Republican Leadership (2008), Americans for Tax Reform (2010), Andrew Harris (2006), Bernie Marcus (2019), Bringing Yellowhammer Republicans New Energy PAC (2018), Campaign for Working Families (2010) and 49 more


American Nurses Association (2008), League Of Conservation Voters (2012), United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (2010)
Airline Pilots Association (2020), Amalgamated Transit Union (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) and 44 more







Other Information

Numbers USA - voted several times to weaken interior immigration enforcement.
VoteSmart voting record.


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.

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

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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.

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Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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

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

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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

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National Security

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

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

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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.

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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?

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Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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

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

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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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?

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

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

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

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Criminal Justice

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

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2nd Amendment

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

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Other Important Issues

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

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I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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

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

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