The last red holdout: a drive across NJ’s lone Republican district

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -

New Jersey is left with only one Republican congressional district after the November midterm elections.

The voters of District 4 helped Rep. Chris Smith withstand the so-called “blue wave” that came through New Jersey on Election Day.

Voters told News 12 New Jersey that it was an easy decision to make. 

“I’m so tired of hearing about Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump. I voted for [President Donald Trump.] But I also voted for [Barack Obama] the first time he ran and I realized I was wrong,” said one Hamilton Township voter.

Rep. Smith has represented District 4 since 1981. Many district residents say that they recognize and know the congressman.

But several other long-term Republican congressmen were ousted in New Jersey. So what made District 4 so different?

Political experts say that one clue may be the district’s borders, like the line between Hamilton Township and Trenton. District 4’s borders do not really have any urban areas – areas that are historically more Democratic. The border stretches across the Interstate 195 Corridor through Mercer Monmouth and Ocean counties. It is 85 percent white and largely suburban.

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