- Dr. Mehmet Oz used his in-laws’ address to register to vote in Pennsylvania last year, according to the the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The TV host is now running for US Senate in the state as a Republican.
- Oz has lived in New Jersey for several years.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who announced he’s running for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, reportedly used his in-law’s Pennsylvania address to register to vote in the state last year.
Oz lived in New Jersey for several years, but last year he registered to vote in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County, using his in-law’s address in Bryn Athyn to do so, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of the “Dr. Oz Show” is now campaigning as a Republican in the swing-state, hoping to take the seat vacated by long-serving Sen. Pat Toomey.
“I’m running for the Senate to empower you to control your destiny, to reinvigorate our great nation, and to reignite the divine spark that we should always be seeing in each other,” Oz said in a column announcing his campaign in the Washington Examiner.
In his announcement, Oz criticized “government-mandated policies that caused unnecessary suffering” during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, he celebrated former President Donald Trump for his work on the COVID-19 vaccine program.
A representative for Dr. Oz did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., who represents NJ’s ninth district — where Oz lives — responded to the news in a Tweet Tuesday.
“I want to congratulate my North Jersey constituent Dr. Oz on his run for US Senate in Pennsylvania. I’m sure this fully genuine candidacy will capture the hearts of Pennsylvanians,” he said.
—Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@PascrellforNJ) November 30, 2021
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