Eager for Face-off with Smith, CD-4 Rivals Scramble for Attention

CD-4 rivals Kaszuba, left, and Schimd in Atlantic City.

ATLANTIC CITY – It was hard not to notice a CD-4 vibe at the Democratic State Committee conference last week, and in particular the campaign mode presence of two contenders fort he party nomination to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) in 2020.

Former state department official Stephanie Schmid gave her take here on Chairman John Currie’s from-the-podium commitment to dethroning Smith.

Schmid’s early 2020 rival was also in and out of the rooms at the conference.

Nonprofit health care lobbyist Tiffany Kaszuba graciously took a few questions from InsiderNJ in the aftermath of the event.

“There was definitely a lot of interest in CD4, and a lot of excitement around Stephanie and I,” said the candidate, who was happy too see Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday night.

“There were a lot of positive vibes going on, and it was exciting to be part of that energy,” she said.

As for Currie’s (and also Governor Phil Murphy’s) public declarations of interest in CD-4, Kaszuba said, “I am glad New Jersey is putting an effort into CD4.”

As for a panel event she observed, which included four congressmen (U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, U.S. Bill Pascrell, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires), Kaszuba said “I was really happy in particular to hear Pascrell talk about the defense of the Constitution.”


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