APPLEFIELD CAMPAIGN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

APPLEFIELD CAMPAIGN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

RED BANK, NEW JERSEY — The World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, and at least 176 people in the state of New Jersey have been infected as of Monday, March 16. The city of Red Bank, where Applefield resides and has his campaign headquarters, has declared a local state of emergency, forcing local bars, restaurants, and other businesses to close down. The crisis around the disease has shown the necessity for fixing our nation’s broken health care system, supporting our small local businesses, and electing new leadership up and down-ballot.

Candidate David Applefield gave the following statement:

“The urgency of this unprecedented pandemic requires a whole new set of priorities. There is nothing more important than protecting our community. The NJ hotline set up to field calls from worried residents is not set up to locate testing, to get test results, or for medical advice. As a local resident and small business owner, I believe we need to rise to a level of community solidarity while heeding to the advice of social distancing from the WHO and Governor Murphy’s office.”

Campaign Manager Lorina Aboulmouna stated that the campaign will focus on prioritizing the health and safety needs of our community. She gave the following statement:

“Our campaign is taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are canceling and postponing campaign events, suspending our door-knocking operations, and moving solely to phone calls, text messages, and virtual communication methods to reach voters. We know this pandemic is taking a toll on our local economy and financially burdening our community; our goal is to lead by example in supporting local businesses by ordering takeout for staff and purchasing gift cards.”

The World Health Organization recommends you wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and maintain social distance. If you experience a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, contact a health care provider immediately.


David Applefield is a Red Bank resident and small business owner who hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Chris Smith in November, following the June 2 primary.

Applefield halts campaign events, canvassing

Applefield halts campaign events, canvassing

Democratic congressional candidate will reach voters by phone and text

David Applefield has canceled and postponed campaign events suspended their door-to-door efforts, and will reach voters through phone calls, text messages and virtual communications in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th district.

“The urgency of this unprecedented pandemic requires a whole new set of priorities. There is nothing more important than protecting our community,” said Applefield, one of three Democrats seeking a shot to take on 20-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).  “As a local resident and small business owner, I believe we need to rise to a level of community solidarity, while heeding to the advice of social distancing from the World Health Organization and Governor Murphy’s office,” Applefield said.

Applefield noted that a state government hotline set up to answer questions on the coronavirus pandemic is not positioned to locate testing sites, get test results, or offer medical advice.

“We know this pandemic is taking a toll on our local economy and financially burdening our community; our goal is to lead by example in supporting local businesses by ordering takeout for staff and purchasing gift cards,” said Applefield’ s campaign manager, Lorina Aboulmouna.

Smith spoke with representatives from the Mercer and Ocean county health departments today via teleconference from his New Jersey offices to offer advocacy and assistance from the federal level.

“We must contain the coronavirus pandemic and protect all people, especially those most vulnerable to the disease such as the elderly and those with serious chronic medical conditions,” Smith said.

Applefield halts campaign events, canvassing

Applefield raises $212k for shot at Chris Smith

Ex-journalist self-funding bid in NJ-4

Former journalist David Applefield has raised $212,104 in his bid to challenge 20-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in New Jersey’s 4th district.

He has $137,141 cash-on-hand.

Applefield reported raising $77,610 in the 4th quarter of 2019, most of it from a $60,000 personal loan he made to his campaign.  That brings his total personal investment to $180,000 – or about 85% of the total amount he has raised.

So far, Applefield has spent $74,963 on his bid for the Democratic nomination.

The early front runner for the chance to take on Smith appears to be Stephanie Schmid, a former U.S. Department of State official who has raised $202,256 and has won the most endorsements from Democratic party officials so far.

The field of candidates has narrowed to three following the withdrawals of former Asbury Park councilman Jim Keady, lobbyist Tiffany Kaszuba, and financial analyst Hassan Shehadeh.

Christine Conforti, a former staffer at the United Nations, remains in the race.

If Smith wins re-election, he will become the longest-serving congressman in New Jersey history.

With 22,099 more Republicans than Democrats, the 4th is the only House district in New Jersey to become more Republican over the last decade.  When the last map was drawn after the 2010 census, the district had 12,193 more Republicans than Democrats.

Smith was first elected to Congress in 1980, at age 27, after thirteen-term Rep. Frank B. Thompson, Jr. (D-Trenton) was indicted as part of the Abscam scandal.  Smith won, 57%-41%, in a district that Ronald Reagan carried by three points.

Democrats thought they had a shot at beating Smith last year when Democrat Josh Welle raised $1.8 million, the often underestimated GOP congressman raised $1.5 million and won by 12 percentage points.