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NYC mayoral hopeful Eric Adams whips out his EZ pass to prove he does NOT live in New Jersey

Eric Adams, one of the frontrunners in the race to become NYC’s next mayor, has whipped out his EZ pass to prove he is not living in New Jersey secretly, a claim his critics launched this week as he gained more attention in the race. 

Adams, a 22-year NYPD veteran and the current Brooklyn Borough President, was accused of secretly living in New Jersey but campaigning to become the next Mayor of New York City earlier this week.

He denied it and took reporters on a tour of his home in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, to prove that it is where he lives. He even let them look in the fridge. 

He lives in the basement and rents out the floors above to pay for his son’s college fees. 

He does still own a home in New Jersey, in the town of Fort Lee. But he says it is not his primary residence. 

‘How foolish would someone have to be to run to be the mayor of the City of New York and live in another municipality?’ Adams asked.

On Thursday, he gave his EZ pass records to The New York Post to back up his claim.

It showed he only traveled between New York City and NJ 11 times in his government car between May 2020 and May 2021. 

There were five trips across the George Washington Bridge, four on the New Jersey Turnpike, and two through the Lincoln Tunnel. 

Eric Adams, hoping to replace Bill de Blasio as the mayor of New York City, on Wednesday invited reporters to tour his basement home in Brooklyn, in a bid to prove that he actually lived in the city – rather than in New Jersey

Adams' home is seen on Lafayette Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. He lives in the basement and rents out the other two floors, he said, to fund his son's college education

Adams’ home is seen on Lafayette Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. He lives in the basement and rents out the other two floors, he said, to fund his son’s college education

The president of the borough of Brooklyn staged a press conference, beside his son, Jordan, 25, to insist that he did live in the property

The president of the borough of Brooklyn staged a press conference, beside his son, Jordan, 25, to insist that he did live in the property

Joined by his 25-year-old son, Jordan, outside the red-brick building, Adams, a former NYPD captain, tried to explain that he liked to keep his home private.

He said the feeling began when his son was a baby, and the back windows of Adams’ car were shot at.

‘Throughout my entire police career, none of my colleagues knew I had a son,’ Adams said.

‘I wanted to shield him from the reality of what I was doing. I became very private.’

His spokesman, Evan Thies, said Adams has lived on Lafayette Avenue in Bed-Stuy for nearly a decade, and gave several utility bills.

Adams is registered to vote on the first floor, yet a tenant who has lived there for years is listed under the same unit in multiple documents obtained by Politico.

And last month, the publication City Limits reported that most of Adams’ neighbors did not know he lived on their block, or that he is running for mayor.

Yet Politico, which monitored Adams as he came and went, found that he was frequently arriving in the Brooklyn Borough Hall offices after midnight, and leaving first thing in the morning.

He insisted it was to work.

Adams' spokesman said that he has lived there for over a decade. Yet Adams was registered to vote until this year at yet another address, in Prospect Heights. His team say that was an administrative error, and the Bed-Stuy address is his main home

Adams’ spokesman said that he has lived there for over a decade. Yet Adams was registered to vote until this year at yet another address, in Prospect Heights. His team say that was an administrative error, and the Bed-Stuy address is his main home

Adams is pictured speaking outside the home in Brooklyn. His spokesman insists he has lived there for a decade

Adams is pictured speaking outside the home in Brooklyn. His spokesman insists he has lived there for a decade

The site reported that he also purchased a co-op in Prospect Heights with someone in 1992, and continues to list that property on official records, even though he says he hasn’t lived there in almost 10 years.

He included that address on registration forms for his current mayoral and 2017 borough president campaigns, though his staff also added his Bed-Stuy property to the 2021 campaign form.

His spokesman said he has sold share of the Prospect Heights place.

They also noted that his Zoom calls have been from multiple different places, including his car and a nondescript cubicle.

Adams’ Democrat rivals have seized on the questions.

Adams owns a condo in this Fort Lee building with his partner, Tracey Collins, an educator

Adams owns a condo in this Fort Lee building with his partner, Tracey Collins, an educator

Ray McGuire, another mayoral candidate and a former executive at Citigroup, said on Wednesday morning that Adams had serious questions to answer.

‘You cannot simply have a cloud over the leadership of this city having to do with whether the rules of engagement have been followed,’ McGuire told The New York Daily News.

‘Nobody gets a pass in this city. Nobody should get a pass.’

Another rival, Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner, said in a statement that it appeared Adams was ‘misusing his political office at the taxpayers’ expense.’

Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor de Blasio, called the story ‘straight-up bizarre.’

And Andrew Yang, the former White House hopeful, said in a news conference in Queens that Adams ‘probably lives in New Jersey.’

He called on Adams to release E-Z Pass records from his vehicle, proving how frequently he traveled to New Jersey.

Adams said he saw his girlfriend, Collins, on Saturday, but that it was the first time he spent time with her in over two months.

She lives in Fort Lee and maintains a low profile.

The primary will be held on June 22, and will in effect decide the election in the strongly-Democratic city. The election will be held on November 2. 


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