NJ congressman seen in his underwear during Homeland Security meeting
A disheveled New Jersey congressman drew attention during a committee meeting held on Zoom for showing off his boxer shorts and a belly that peered from an ill-fitting T-shirt.
The hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security started at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday with members dressed in business attire.
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr, D-N.J. 13th District, however, was was dressed in a Captain America shirt and blue boxers. His office desk appeared to have a bed sheet on it.
A recording of the video was posted by U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas.
During the hearing, Payne got up from his chair, which exposed his belly.
U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., had a look of shock on her face at the sight while another member chuckled.
Duyane's video was her view of the meeting. Video of the hearing posted on C-SPAN only showed a single member as they spoke.
Later in the meeting when Payne spoke he was dressed in a shirt and tie.
U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J. 7th District is also on the committee.
Two spokespeople for Payne's office on Friday morning did not respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for more information.
In a statement to Fox News Payne said, "as a public servant, my focus has always been the public good and my work to better the lives of my constituents and all Americans, regardless of the circumstances."