Smith, Kiley and Healey win Monmouth GOP convention
Monmouth County Republican organizing lines for Congress will go to Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in the 4th District, Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley in the 6th and Robert Healey, Jr. in the 3rd.
Smith won a lopsided victory at the Monmouth County Republican convention with 67% of the vote, beating conservative podcaster Michael Crispi 108 to 54.
In the race to face Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), Kiley easily beat 2020 U.S. Senate nominee Rik Mehta with 61% of the convention vote, 57-35.
Thomas Toomey, a former Republican National Committee staffer, did not qualify to appear on the Monmouth convention ballot.
Healey beat real estate agent Nicholas Ferrara, 55-11 (83%-17%). He faces a tough primary against Ian Smith, the owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr and a prominent critic of Governor Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 policies, but Smith did not seek the organizing line. The winner will face Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown).
Smith is seeking re-election to his 22nd term representing New Jersey’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives. He won unanimous approval from the Ocean County GOP nominating committee on Thursday.
The newly drawn 3rd District no longer includes Ocean County. It now extends to Hamilton, Lawrence, East Windsor and Hightstown in Mercer, and parts of West Monmouth.
Roger Stone had attended the Crispi support convention.
Monmouth Republicans also unanimously endorsed Sheriff Shaun Golden and County Commissioners Tom Arnone and Nick DiRocco for re-election.
Four other 4th District candidates – Englishtown Councilman Daniel Francisco, attorney David Burg, retired police officer Michael Blasi, Libertarian 2021 gubernatorial candidate Gregg Mele and alleged perennial candidate Tricia Flanagan, have not filed petitions to participate in the convention process. As usual, Flanagan is late filing campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. It had yet to file its fourth quarter 2021 report which was due Jan. 31.