Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, new youngest Congresswoman, says she can't afford D.C. apartment

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to Congress in the midterm elections, is struggling to pay rent, according to a recent interview. 

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, told The New York Times she’s not sure how she will be able to afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., without a salary for three months in an interview published online Wednesday. 

She told the Times she has some savings from her job earlier this year as a bartender at a Union Square restaurant, and she’s hoping that will hold her over. Living without a paycheck is something she said her and her partner tried to plan for, but it’s a hardship that’s still “very real.”

“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,” she told the Times.

Ocasio-Cortez is a New York activist and Democrat who will represent 14th Congressional district, which covers the Bronx and Queens. 

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Thursday, she pointed to her lack of income as a reason why some people are not able to work in politics. 

“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she said. 

She said she hopes she can change that.

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives on stage to speak to her supporters during her election night party in the Queens Borough of New York on Nov. 6, 2018. 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New Yorks 14th Congressional district won Tuesdays election, defeating Republican Anthony Pappas and becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress. 1 of 17
  • Supporters of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheer while she speaks onstage during her election night party in the Queens Borough of New York on Nov. 6, 2018. 2 of 17
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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running as the Democratic nominee for New York's 14th congressional district, talks with reporters after casting her ballot in the 2018 midterm general election at a polling site in the Bronx, New York on Nov. 6, 2018. Voters across the nation are selecting who will represent them on local, state and national levels. 5 of 17
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  • New York Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embraces a supporter at a polling site after voting, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, in the Parkchester community in the Bronx, N.Y. 7 of 17
  • New York City congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends a tour event as part of her congressional campaign, in The Bronx, New York on Oct. 3, 2018. Ocasio-Cortez attended the event as part of her campaign's commitment to cultivate dialogue in the Bronx and Queens.8 of 17
  • Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks with  reporters after her general campaign kick-off rally in the Bronx borough of New York on Sept. 22, 2018. 9 of 17
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic candidate running for New York's 14th Congressional district, listens to questions at a town hall event, September 19, 2018 in The Bronx borough of New York City. In a race she is widely expected to win, Ocasio-Cortez will face Republican nominee Anthony Pappas in the November 6 general election. 10 of 17
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  • In this June 27, 2018, photo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a winner of a Democratic Congressional primary in New York speaks to a reporter in New York. Ocasio-Cortez is back on the campaign trail, but this time in the Midwest. The 28-year-old Democratic rising star is stumping for two young, progressives hoping to win Democratic primaries in Kansas and Michigan.16 of 17
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the winner of a Democratic Congressional primary in New York, greets a passerby in New York, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the morning after she upset U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in Tuesday's primary election. 17 of 17

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