Rob Astorino, who threw his hat in the ring against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, has asked Donald Trump for his support — but the billionaire developer, mulling a run himself, wouldn't commit.
"I called him before I officially announced to give him the courtesy as a friend…. He wished me luck, he said we'll talk soon," Astorino, who is Westchester County Executive, told "The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV.
"I said if you're not running, I want your support. I want your support not only financially, but I want to pick your brain and join with me on how we can create jobs in the state like you have done as a business person."
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But Trump remained noncommittal, according to Astorino, who added he is not concerned deep-pockets donors are waiting for Trump to say yes or no before giving to Astorino's campaign.
"In all of this over the last two months, not one donor has mentioned that and most of the party chairs are already on board now with us," he said.
"The Conservative Party chair is totally on board for New York state and most of the conservative party chairs around the countries. I'm not concerned about that politically."
Astorino said he also called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is also a Republican, and hopes to get his endorsement as well.
"I got his voicemail. We haven't had a chance to talk, but he knew I was going to run. I gave him the courtesy," Astorino said.
"He, I'm sure, will be very helpful once I'm the official nominee."
Astorino said one of his key issues is the sorry state of New York.
"You look at it any objective way, New York is a shell of itself. A shell of what it was. I mean New York was the state that beat everybody in everything. We wouldn’t settle for second place, now we're dead last in all the wrong categories," he said.
"The highest taxes … we've got the biggest exodus of our own people leaving, 400,000 have escaped New York in the last four years, businesses closing up....
"We're going to continue to bleed our population, our business, our taxpayers to other states and we're going to be on that losing path. We can turn it around."
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