‘I still live in my hood,’ Ocasio-Cortez refutes NY Post report that she may not live in her district

The tabloid interviewed neighbors near the address listed on her voter registration, who said they hadn’t seen her

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., received an apology from a minor league baseball team Monday for broadcasting an “offensively edited” video to fans at a Memorial Day game. (Tom Williams/ CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., received an apology from a minor league baseball team Monday for broadcasting an “offensively edited” video to fans at a Memorial Day game. (Tom Williams/ CQ Roll Call)
Posted February 25, 2019 at 10:07am

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuted a New York Post story that implied she may not live in her 14th District, but the Democrat said she wouldn’t release her address because of safety concerns. 

A reporter for the tabloid interviewed two neighbors of the Bronx condo listed on Ocasio-Cortez’ voter registration. The neighbors said they had not seen the New York congresswoman entering and exiting the apartment.

Ocasio-Cortez has been using the address of her deceased father’s condo in the Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester since 2012, according to the Post.

When the publication asked Ocasio-Cortez’ office to share her new address, a spokesman refused.

The freshman congresswoman clarified on Twitter Sunday night that she would not disclose the address of her district residence because of safety concerns.

“I still live in my hood,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “A man was just arrested last week with a stockpile of guns specifically trying to kill me [and] others, so yeah I’m not gonna disclose my personal address or tell people when I move. Sorry!”

Members of Congress are not constitutionally mandated to live in their district. However, historically, it is sometimes politically damaging when lawmakers live outside the jurisdiction they are elected to represent.

A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant was charged last week for stockpiling guns, ammunition and drugs in his home just outside of Washington, D.C.

In a 2017 letter to a known American neo-Nazi leader,Christopher Hasson identified himself as a white nationalist for more than 30 years and had compiled a list of “prominent Democratic Congressional leaders, activists, political organizations, and MSNBC and CNN media personalities” as targets for attack, federal prosecutors wrote.

That list included Ocasio-Cortez.

Todd Ruger contributed to this report.