Republican Astorino Considers Run for Governor in NY

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 03:55 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says he is mulling a run against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — whom he says is "beatable" — and recently met with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for advice.

"My wife and I went out and met with Mr. and Mrs. Christie for an hour and, really, the conversation . . . [was] what is it like to run for governor . . . with a family of small kids," Astorino, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"What happens if you get elected, how do you govern and deal with that with kids? So, that was really the context."

Story continues below video.

Astorino, whose county north of New York City is one of the nation's wealthiest suburbs, said that while he hasn't made a definite decision about taking on Cuomo, a Democrat, "the Republicans and conservatives have indicated that I would be their nominee."

"I'm really going through the motions now to talk to the big donors and big groups and the really important people around New York state and nationally, and so far the reception has been very, very good.

"I've gotten even Democrats who have asked me to run and Democratic voters, believe it or not. Do I think Gov. Cuomo's beatable? I certainly do," he said Tuesday.

Astorino said he thinks New York is "going in the wrong direction" under Cuomo's leadership.

"He is simply managing the decline and not turning us around and leading as he should in a bold way, as other governors have done around the country," he said.

"The corruption in New York is awful, worse than it's ever been, taxes are the highest in the country, business climate — we've gone from 49th to 50th, worst — so there's a lot of reasons why New Yorkers feel there should be a change."

Astorino said that during his meeting with Christie, the Garden State leader told him that running for governor is "an adventure, and you have to make it an adventure for your kids."

"My kids are 10, 8 and 4, and they've got to be part of the process. They've got to understand that Daddy could lose or Daddy could win and enjoy the time together when you can, in summer, when they're not in school."

Astorino is also confident Christie would endorse him should he throw his hat in the ring.

"Not even a question, and for many reasons. First of all, he's the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. It's his job to help elect Republican governors around the country," he said.

"If it comes down to it and we're moving the dial and getting on striking distance, I guarantee you Chris Christie will be very supportive. I'm confident in that and, by the way, he's done a really good job as governor of New Jersey."

Astorino, 46, was elected county executive in 2009, defeating Andy Spano. In 2013, he beat Democratic challenger Noam Bramson, the mayor of New Rochelle.

Previously, he was a well known sports broadcaster and was one of the founders of 1050 ESPN Radio in New York.

See the “Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Taking Extended Leave after Taxi Accident

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 06:56 AM

Cable news commentator Lawrence O'Donnell is taking a leave of several weeks from his job as host of the MSNBC program  . . .

Chairman of NJ Panel on Lane Closings Defends Role

Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 11:39 AM

The chairman of a New Jersey legislative committee looking into the role Gov. Chris Christie's administration played in  . . .

Democrat O’Malley's 'Better Off' Gaffe Explodes into GOP Talking Point

Monday, 03 Sep 2012 15:18 PM

Maryland Governor Martin O Malley sought today to clarify his remarks after Republicans seized on his answer to a questi . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved