NAME: Christopher H. Smith

AGE: 55, born March 4, 1953, in Rahway.

RESIDENCE: Hamilton.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Trenton State College (1975).

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: U.S. House, 1980-present. A Republican, he represents the 4th district, which includes parts of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Sales executive at family owned sporting goods business, former executive director of New Jersey Right to Life.

FAMILY: Wife, Marie. Four grown children.