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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can't afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts

Year of the Woman more fitting now than ever
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, but she's still a millennial who worries about paying rent. No, really.

"I have three months without a salary before I'm a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real," Ocasio-Cortez said to The New York Times this week. "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."

Ocasio-Cortez told the Times she was able to save money before leaving her restaurant job and planned for time without a paycheck with her partner. But she isn't being sworn into Congress until early January 2019 -- and has to move from New York to D.C. in that time.

The 29-year-old Democrat garnered national attention in June when she won a primary against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in one of the biggest upsets in politics this year. 

She will represent New York's 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx, where she was born, and Queens. 

While some may worry about affording the move, she assured fans she'll make the big change just fine after all.

"There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn't even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday, "This is one of them (don't worry btw - we're working it out!)."

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