Republicans will try to take back New Jersey

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Republicans lost four New Jersey House seats in 2018 as voters angry with President Trump and former Gov. Chris Christie punished their party.

In 2020, the GOP thinks it has a decent chance of winning back three of those seats — if things break the right way. But it won’t be easy, and Democrats are optimistic that they’ll hold all of the seats. 

“I think the Democratic incumbents are at least slightly favored in all four of the districts that flipped in 2018, but Republicans have a chance in all of them,” said John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, who has worked in New Jersey state government during both Democratic and Republican administrations.

The only Republican congressman in New Jersey is Chris Smith who squashed rumors that he is retiring.

Smith slammed those reports as ‘unethical’ saying they are untrue.

Smith has written over 400 bills and expects his Autism bill to become law this year.

“I have more enthusiasm, not less, than in my early years,” Smith said.  “I get things done.”

Wins in New Jersey could help Republicans take back the House. Depending on the outcome of a special election in North Carolina, Republicans will need to have a net gain of 18 or 19 seats to win the chamber in 2020.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) lists all five New Jersey districts that flipped in 2016 and 2018 as targets.

In Toms River and Burlington, Andy Kim won by thin margins making him a potential target.

Kim already held 10 town halls in his district since taking office.

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