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Cuomo talks to Christie ... about Astorino?

Apparently, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo thought reports about a possible Republican challenger next year were significant enough that he had a conversation with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about them.

To recap, after handily winning re-election earlier this month, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has become a rising star in Republican circles. He visited Somos el Futuro, the annual conference of Hispanic legislators -- notable because the gathering sees very little in the way of Republican visitors. And he traveled to Arizona last week to meet with Christie, the incoming head of the Republican Governor’s Association.

According to reports, Christie encouraged Astorino to run for governor in New York. Astorino and state Assemb. Steve McLaughlin (R-Schaghticoke) are the two Republicans who so far have said they are considering running.

Back to Cuomo. In a conference call with reporters on a range of topics, the Democrat disclosed that he spoke to his New Jersey counterpart Monday morning. Though the reason for the call wasn’t immediately clear, Cuomo said they did discuss the Christie-Astorino reports.

 “I spoke to Governor Christie this morning, who told me the exact opposite” Cuomo said, without going into further detail.

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