15:49 GMT05 December 2020
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    Leader of Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer has confirmed he spent at least $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake from 2012 to 2016, giving them to friends and using them in bets.

    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has confirmed spending more than $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake between 2012 and 2016.

    "I give them as gifts. I use them for bets", the New York Senator said. "You know, when someone wants to bet something, you know, for a Brooklyn thing versus a Wisconsin thing. We once bet when the Packers were playing the Giants: Wisconsin cheese or Junior's cheesecake. What would you rather have? I love Junior's cheesecake".
    ​"So I say to the New York Post and others: guilty as charged. I love Junior's cheesecake so much. It's the best cheesecake in the world. It is made in Brooklyn. I've been going to Junior's since I've been a little boy. And it's my guilty pleasure", he said, bringing in a tray with more cheesecake, offering it to members of the press.

    The restaurant, founded in 1950 has beome one of the symbols of the city, famous for its New York-style cheesecake. The original place in Brooklyn was also visited by then-President Barack Obama and future mayor Bill de Blasio in 2013.

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