One of the men looking to beat Rep. Charles Rangel this year doesn’t even live in New York.

According to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission, Pastor Michael Walrond, a Democrat running against Rangel, lives in New Jersey.

Walrond confirmed his address to me this week, but said he will be ditching his Garden State rental home this month for a place in Harlem.

Technically speaking, Walrond doesn’t have to live in the district in order to run for the seat; federal law only requires congressional candidates to reside in the state they want to represent “when elected.”

A person associated with Walrond’s campaign brushed off the candidate’s New Jersey address, saying that the candidate has done “tireless work” for the district, despite having never lived in it.

Walrond is a top leader in Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the senior pastor at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church.

A Long Island native, Walrond moved back to the New York area nine years ago, after a stint in North Carolina.

He told me that his two kids, who are now in college, played a big role in his decision to settle in the suburbs and not New York City, saying that moving from the relative calm of North Carolina to Manhattan would have been “too much” for them.

Right before Christmas, Rangel officially announced he would seek a 23rd term. In addition to Walrond, Rangel is also likely to face State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who came close in 2012 to ousting the longtime dean of New York’s congressional delegation.

Update: A spokesman for Rangel commented on Walrond’s New Jersey address by only saying, “this election is about Charlie Rangel, what he has done and who can do more for the district in the next two years. There is no contest on that point.”