Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE (D-N.Y.), with a tray of cheesecake in hand, admitted he’s spent more than $8,600 at Brooklyn-based Junior’s cheesecake in the last 10 years.
“I love Junior’s cheesecake. So I say to The New York Post and others: guilty as charged,” Schumer said Sunday during a press conference in New York City.
"I love Junior’s Cheesecake so much," he added. "It’s the best cheesecake in the world.”
"Guilty as charged... it's my guilty pleasure."— The Hill (@thehill) February 24, 2020
WATCH: Sen. Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerHispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE admits to spending thousands on cheesecake and serves cheesecake to members of the press in a lighthearted moment. pic.twitter.com/uJHzjO6orc
Schumer’s hefty cheesecake spending was first reported by The New York Post. Federal Election Commission filings show the Friends of Schumer PAC has spent varying amounts on Junior's cheesecake for “supporter acknowledgements” dating back to at least 2009.
Schumer said he uses the cheesecakes as gifts and in bets, noting that he once made such a wager when the Green Bay Packers were playing the New York Giants.
“Wisconsin cheese or Junior's cheesecake, what would you rather have?” he asked.
Schumer said he’s been going to the Brooklyn establishment since he was a little boy and called the cheesecake there his “guilty pleasure.”
Schumer then handed out the cakes he was holding as he spoke to reporters.
Schumer's press secretary, Angelo Roefaro, told CNN the senator "likes any flavor, but plain allows one to really savor the Junior's recipe."
Schumer's office also confirmed to CNN that the money used to pay for the cheesecakes over the past decade did not come from taxpayers.