Is Pennsylvania’s multimillionaire and Congressman Matt Cartwright using taxpayers’ money to park his private plane while he casts votes in Parliament? He won’t tell.
But the Scranton-area Democrat sends $425 a month to the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates New Castle Airport, according to his official office’s spending figures. This is the local airport – just a 90 minute train ride from Washington, DC—where Cartwright lands his four seater after flying in from Scranton, flight logs Show.
Four hundred and twenty-five dollars is also the common price for monthly aircraft storage in a “small hangar”. according to the airport’s website. Cartwright’s disclosures describe expenses as “taxi/parking/toll” and “county office parking” fees, and a spokesman for the congressman did not respond to multiple requests for comment seeking clarification. Cartwright’s district is not in Delaware, nor is it in New Jersey, where the Delaware River and Bay Authority operates.
The Pennsylvania lawmaker, who was elected in 2012 and is in a rematch against Republican Jim Bognet, whom he narrowly defeated in 2020 in a district carried by former President Donald Trump, has routinely identified himself as a “fighter for all hardworking Northeastern Pennsylvanians.” ‘ issued.
While using taxpayers’ money to stow the plane is strictly legal, it threatens to undermine the image Cartwright wants to present to voters on the campaign trail, especially as they grapple with rising costs for food, gas and housing.
Cartwright, who made a fortune as a trial attorney and is worth up to $10.9 million, according to his 2020 year financial disclosure, says that to voters He has “spent his entire career advocating for working people.”
This wouldn’t be Cartwright’s first aircraft-related controversy. The trial attorney omitted from his personal financial disclosure, the limited liability company with which he purchased the aircraft, which is valued at $180,000. Cartwright’s net worth has more than doubled since 2012, when he was worth up to $5 million, his personal financials show.
Cartwright, who holds a stake in a law firm founded by his wife’s father, also owns a real estate investment trust worth up to $500,000. He has Regularly pay taxes late on his DC condo, which he bought in 2013 for nearly $800,000. Last year the Democrat called “to pass an aid package to support landlords” without acknowledging that he is a landlord himself.
Cartwright will run against Bognet in November after the Democrat ran unopposed in his primary in May. Bognet, meanwhile, outscored his Republican opponent in his own primary by 37 points. Cartwright defeated Bognet by three points in 2020.
Democrats have reason to worry this year’s rematch could be different. While the District of Cartwright includes President Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, only 38 percent of voters in the district approve of the president, compared to 60 percent who disapprove August survey reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Cartwright said in April 2019 that he was “honored” to endorse his “friend, the Northeast hometown boy, Joe Biden, for president” and had supported Biden to run for re-election in 2024.