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Mr. Zeldin goes to Washington — and sleeps on an air mattress

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio poses for

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio poses for a photo with Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., to re-enact the House oath-of-office on Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Zeldin's wife Diana is second from left. Photo Credit: AP / Susan Walsh

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) came in to talk to the Editorial Board on Thursday about his new gig as a congressman, what the first few weeks have been like, and where he's focusing his attention.

As far as Beltway housing . . . he's sleeping on a queen-sized air mattress in his office. With rents in D.C. skyrocketing and a family to support on Long Island, Zeldin's decision isn't surprising.

He says as many as 80 other members are also sleeping in their offices, and between working long hours and staying trim in the House gym, he wouldn't have much time to enjoy nicer digs.

As far as local issues, he's very concerned with the future or Islip's MacArthur Airport and resolving the helicopter path disputes in his East End district.

And in the big picture, he's working on infrastructure, getting involved in foreign policy and strongly supports the Republican Congress' invitation to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address that body, over President Obama's objections.

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