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Matt Gaetz said he and fiancee Ginger Luckey eloped to California because of ‘COVID love’ and would spend their honeymoon in the political haven of New Hampshire after a whirl-wind romance that led to their marriage. 

‘It was COVID love,’ Gaetz told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview about their decision to elope. ‘You know, we start seeing each other during COVID.’

The couple met at Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, at the 51st birthday party of Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr. The event took place in March 2020 as the coronavirus was beginning to spread across the country.

The couple, who got engaged over the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, eloped on Saturday in a small ceremony on Catalina Island. 

Gaetz, 38, said the two had been planning a more traditional wedding but found many venues were booked for months because so many weddings had been delayed during the height of the pandemic. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida eloped to Southern California, marrying his girlfriend Ginger Luckey on Saturday in a small ceremony on Catalina Island

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida eloped to Southern California, marrying his girlfriend Ginger Luckey on Saturday in a small ceremony on Catalina Island

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida eloped to Southern California, marrying his girlfriend Ginger Luckey on Saturday in a small ceremony on Catalina Island

‘There was a lot of venues that we looked at for a wedding that were pretty backed up in 2021 because all the 2020 people that wanted to get married and shifted their plans,’ he said in an interview that took place Tuesday in the hallway of the Capitol between House votes.  Fellow lawmakers congratulated him when they saw him in the hall. 

‘We went out to Catalina Island and Ginger said it was one of her dreams as a little girl to get married out there. So we had a very small very low key, pitch perfect event,’ he said. 

Luckey, 26, grew up in Long Beach, California. She works for a company that focuses on extending the life of products made from plant-based materials.

Luckey also announced their union on social media, tweeting a photo from the ceremony captioned #GaetzGetsLuckey

Luckey also announced their union on social media, tweeting a photo from the ceremony captioned #GaetzGetsLuckey

Luckey also announced their union on social media, tweeting a photo from the ceremony captioned #GaetzGetsLuckey

They announced their surprise wedding on social media. Gaetz posted ‘I love my wife!’ along with a photo of them together – he in a sport coat, she in a white dress.

Luckey also announced their union on social media, tweeting a photo from the ceremony captioned #GaetzGetsLuckey.

Gaetz, a Republican congressman from South Florida, was back in the Capitol this week as the House voted on a budget resolution and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The House returned to Washington D.C. a week earlier than scheduled after Democratic leaders brought lawmakers back in the wake of the Senate’s passing bipartisan infrastructure legislation. 

Matt Gaetz said he and fiancee Gineger Luckey eloped to California because of 'COVID love' and would spend their honeymoon in the political haven of New Hampshire

Matt Gaetz said he and fiancee Gineger Luckey eloped to California because of 'COVID love' and would spend their honeymoon in the political haven of New Hampshire

Matt Gaetz said he and fiancee Gineger Luckey eloped to California because of ‘COVID love’ and would spend their honeymoon in the political haven of New Hampshire

‘This was not an expected trip back to Washington,’ Gaetz conceded of his presence in the Capitol.

But he acquiesced it was part of political life, which the couple will be embracing in the days to come.

The duo plans to spend part of their honeymoon in the most political of locations, New Hampshire, the home of the first presidential primary.  

‘On Friday, I’m speaking in Nashua, New Hampshire. So right before we got married, we were in Iowa; right after New Hampshire. It’s the life of a political couple,’ he said.

Gaetz was in Iowa, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, om Thursday with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The two spoke at a rally where they touted the false claim Trump really won the 2020 election. 

Gaetz said the trip to Iowa and New Hampshire were part of their support for Donald Trump, who he hopes will return to the White House.

‘Oh, yeah. I’m hoping Donald Trump runs for president 2024,’ he told DailyMail.com of his trips to the early presidential states. 

The couple's elopement came as Gaetz embarked on a congressional tour in the Midwest. Pictured: Rep. Matt Gaetz (left) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (right) speak during the America First Rally in Des Moines, Iowa on August 19, 2021

The couple's elopement came as Gaetz embarked on a congressional tour in the Midwest. Pictured: Rep. Matt Gaetz (left) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (right) speak during the America First Rally in Des Moines, Iowa on August 19, 2021

The couple’s elopement came as Gaetz embarked on a congressional tour in the Midwest. Pictured: Rep. Matt Gaetz (left) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (right) speak during the America First Rally in Des Moines, Iowa on August 19, 2021

Gaetz proposed to Luckey, a 26-year-old food analyst from Southern California, at then-president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in December 2020

Gaetz proposed to Luckey, a 26-year-old food analyst from Southern California, at then-president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in December 2020

Gaetz proposed to Luckey, a 26-year-old food analyst from Southern California, at then-president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in December 2020 

Gaetz’s own political future remains unclear. He’s up for re-election next year and raised an impressive $1.45 million in the last fundraising period.

But he’s mulled not seeking another term in Congress. And he faces an investigation as part of a probe that led to the arrest and plea deal of his close friend, Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole Count, Florida, tax collector.

Greenberg pleaded guilty last May to six federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a child. His plea agreement requires continued cooperation with an ongoing probe into sex trafficking. 

And Gaetz is said to be investigated for a supposed pay-for-sex relationship with a 17-year-old girl. 

Gaetz has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Source: Daily Mail

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