ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo apparently thought enough about reports concerning a possible Republican challenger from Westchester County that he had a conversation with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about it.

Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters on a range of topics, made the unusual disclosure that he spoke to his Republican New Jersey counterpart Monday morning.

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Though the reason for the call wasn't immediately clear, Cuomo said they discussed reports that Christie encouraged Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, to consider running for governor in 2014.

"I spoke to Gov. Christie this morning, who told me the exact opposite" Cuomo said, providing no further detail.

Christie, coming off a re-election victory, met with Astorino at the Republican Governors Association conference last week in Arizona. Astorino, who is weighing a run, has said he was heartened that the party isn't writing off 2014 to the Democrats.

Astorino has become a top Republican prospect after he handily won re-election in a Democrat-majority county earlier this month. After his win, he attended Somos el Futuro, the annual conference of New York State and city officials -- a notable appearance because the event typically draws very few Republican visitors.

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Astorino and state Assemb. Steve McLaughlin (R-Schaghticoke) are the two Republicans who so far have said they are considering challenging Cuomo next year.