Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) said that possible Senate appointee Caroline Kennedy is as qualified as pop singer Jennifer Lopez, reports the New York Post.

"I don't know what Caroline Kennedy's qualifications are," Ackerman said on local New York radio before adding, "Except that she has name recognition, but so does J-Lo.

"I wouldn't make J-Lo the senator unless she proved she had great qualifications, but we haven't seen them yet," he said.

Lopez is a New York City native, having grown up in the Bronx.

Kennedy, the daughter to President John F. Kennedy and a campaign aide to President-elect Obama, has been mentioned as a possible successor to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who will vacate her seat when she becomes secretary of State.