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New Jersey lawmaker caught wearing boxer shorts during Zoom meeting with US Congress colleagues


New Jersey lawmaker is caught wearing boxer shorts with his belly exposed during Zoom meeting with US Congress colleagues

  • New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne showed his colleagues his boxer shorts and exposed belly during a Zoom House of Representatives meeting 
  • When Payne stood up, his Captain America shirt rolled up and everyone saw he wasn’t wearing pants
  • He didn’t seem to realize what was happening and lingered in front of the computer camera  

A New Jersey congressman became the latest star of a work-from-home debacle when he was caught wearing only boxer shorts during a Zoom meeting with colleagues in the US House of Representatives.  

When Rep. Donald Payne stood up during Thursday’s virtual meeting, his Captain America shirt rolled up, exposing his blue boxers and belly as he lingered in front of computer camera apparently unaware of how much he was showing off.  

Stunned and mortified, Rep. Kat Cammack, of Florida, covered her mouth and then smirked as she looked around her screen to see if anyone else was seeing what she was seeing. 

Rep. Donald Payne, in the middle wearing the Captain America shirt, is about to stand up during a virtual legislative meeting

When he does, his shirt rolls up and his belly and boxer shorts are exposed, and Rep. Kat Cammack, of Florida, covers her mouth

When he does, his shirt rolls up and his belly and boxer shorts are exposed, and Rep. Kat Cammack, of Florida, covers her mouth

Payne didn't seem to realize he was on camera, and lingered for a few seconds. Commack couldn't believe what she was seeing

Payne didn’t seem to realize he was on camera, and lingered for a few seconds. Commack couldn’t believe what she was seeing

The woman talking – Rep. Yvette Clarke, of New York – either didn’t notice what happened or chose to ignore it because she kept speaking without skipping a beat. 

The embarrassing moment was caught in a 24-second clip tweeted by Republican Rep. Beth Van Duyne, who didn’t waste the opportunity to take a shot at her Democrat colleague, tweeting, ‘Another reason Democrats should get off Zoom and back to work. #TheStruggleIsReal’ along with clip, which has nearly 26,000 views. 

Payne also appeared to be caught sleeping during a virtual hearing of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure back in March

Payne also appeared to be caught sleeping during a virtual hearing of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure back in March

Payne didn’t directly address the incident in a statement to Fox News

‘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,’ Payne said in a statement.

Sam Morgante, Payne’s junior legislative director, backed Payne in a tweet that accused Rep. Van Duyne of fat-shaming the longtime representative.   

‘Hey Congresswoman, Rep. Payne, Jr.’s Legislative Director here. It’s no secret that as a diabetic the Congressman has his weight struggles. But we try to stick to policy here in Congress,’ Morgante tweeted in response to her video.  

Payne also appeared to be caught sleeping during a virtual hearing of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure back in March. 

Payne won a special election in 2012 to replace his late father, who served as the state representative for more than 20 years before he died of colon cancer.

Payne went on to easily win a three-way primary in 2020 with nearly 90 percent of the vote in 2020 and then he easily took the general election with 83 percent of the votes.  

Donald Payne has represented New Jersey for nearly 10 years and followed in his late father's footsteps

Donald Payne has represented New Jersey for nearly 10 years and followed in his late father’s footsteps

Payne is the latest victim of the pandemic Zoom gaffe, which have provided countless hilarious and mortifying moments over the last year and a half.  

At the end of May, a staffer with a camera crawled behind Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland while she was being interviewed on live TV by host Seth Myers and then tried to hide behind the desk. 

Other classic Zoom blunders include the time when Texas lawyer Ron Ponton left a kitten filter on and turned himself into a cat in February or the time when a South African traditional leader Xolile Ndevu’s wife accidentally walked into the frame completely naked during a parliamentary Zoom meeting at the end of March. 

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