From Florida, Lopez tells paper that she’s lived in Jersey City since March, 2008

Jersey City Councilwoman Nidia Lopez, who spent today in Orlando, told the local paper that she has lived in Jersey City since March, 2008.

The paper caught up with Lopez while she was in Orlando today, after she attended a city council meeting last night.

According to the report, Lopez could owe Orange County, Fla. as much as $33,000 in taxes for claiming a homestead tax exemption meant only for that state’s residents.

Lopez, the city’s first Hispanic councilwoman, was sworn in to her first term just last week. She is facing a lawsuit over her residency from vanquished council opponent Jimmy King, who hopes to throw out the results of the May election.

From Florida, Lopez tells paper that she’s lived in Jersey City since March, 2008