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Brick's Congressional District to Change

Brick will no longer be represented by Chris Smith following the 2012 election cycle

Brick residents will no longer call Rep. Christopher H. Smith their congressman after the 2012 election cycle.

For the 2012 election cycle, Brick will transition from New Jersey's fourth congressional district to the third, following the decision last week of a bipartisan committee tasked with redrawing New Jersey's congressional maps. That means Jon Runyan, a freshman Republican congressman whose district currently includes Toms River and the majority of Ocean County's municipalities, will represent Brick as well.

Brick, whose residents traditionally vote Republican in congressional elections, will reportedly solidify Runyan's chances of re-election, especially after Democrat-leaning Cherry Hill – a large suburban community like Brick – was moved out of the district.

Smith, a veteran Republican who has served in the House since 1980, has represented Brick since he won re-election in the 1992 election cycle, the first year a map based on the 1990 census was used. The current redistricting process is the product of the 2010 census map, which forced New Jersey to give up one congressional district. The Garden State's delegation will drop from seven House members to six next year.

Under the new map, Smith will represent Point Pleasant Borough, Point Pleasant Beach, Manchester, Lakehurst and Plumsted in Ocean County and a number of towns in Monmouth County that were previously in the fourth congressional district, represented by Frank Pallone, a Democrat. A number of municipalities in southern Ocean County, including Stafford Township and the communities on Long Beach Island, will transition out of the third district and into the second district, which is represented by Frank LoBiondo, a Republican.

"Obviously, we're sad to lose Chris Smith," said Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis. "He's been a great congressman to Brick."

With Runyan's re-election chances looking good, Acropolis said he's looking forward to working with the new congressman.

"Jon Runyan will do many of the same things Chris did, meet with the local delegations, and find out what's important to voters here," said Acropolis.

Runyan, 38, is a former professional football player who lives in Mount Laurel. He maintains a local office in Toms River.

Frank Fatovic December 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Brick has lost a very strong supporter of Veterans in Chris Smith and our fight to receive the benefits we were promised. Let's hope our new congressman is up to the task.
Glenn December 27, 2011 at 01:36 PM
"Brick, whose residents traditionally vote Republican in congressional elections, will reportedly solidify Runyan's chances of re-election". That is until the Republicicans realize that traditions have been broken and the voters of Brick are sick and tired of the Toms River controlled canidates. Don't look for much support here Jon,
George December 27, 2011 at 01:51 PM
He is a good one to support hewas cited as not paying his property taxes on time and he said it was ok sounds like he's a real winner.
brick mom 61 December 27, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I have always admired Chris Smith and the values he stands for. I will miss him as our Congressman.
nan December 27, 2011 at 07:42 PM
My first year in Brick Chris Smith met with Brick citizens. I have not seen him around since. I have seen Jon Runyan and know he was very accessible to Toms River citizens. He is dedicated to changing the way DC works which is something I believe in.
Joseph Woolston Brick December 28, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Politicians aren't getting it! Read on: A recent analysis conducted by USA Today showed that American voters are fed up with both mainstream political parties and are leaving them in droves.The newspaper claims that “More than 2.5 million voters have left the Democratic and Republican parties since the 2008 elections.”Over the last decade this trend has only seemed to accelerate says USA Today. While many people feel there is little difference in the parties, their options remain slim. Yet, voters switching to Independent have climbed dramatically. According to the statistics gathered from eight swing states, “Democrats’ registration is down by 800,000 and Republicans’ by 350,000. Independents have gained 325,000.” Nationally, Democrats still outnumber Republicans 42 million registered voters to 30 million, however Dems have lost the most voters since 2008. Meanwhile Independents are becoming a viable party in itself with 24 million registered voters.
Joseph Woolston Brick December 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM
In other words Americans are waking up and don't like what they see. Americans are tired of slimy career politicians who are supposed to work for us, but Politicians see it a different way much like we are the peasants of their realms. Not anymore as the past few elections in Brick has shown we are tired of the crap and will not take it anymore. So politicians just keep playing your Dems VS Republicans games while we start changing the rules which I'm sure they will not like.
Jim December 28, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Congress critters are bought and paid for. Chris Smith voted to support Al Gore's carbon tax scam. What a sellout. Good riddance Smith.
George December 28, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Jim most of them go there to protect their wealth or to enhance their lifestyle at the taxp-ayer's expense.
Princeton Van Zile III December 28, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Yeah. Let's all vote for this expensive, repetitive concussion victim: "Congressional candidate Jon Runyan uses donkeys for tax break" http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/ex-nfl_player_congressional_ca.html

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