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Guzik: Ed Cox weighs in on Rob Astorino's possible candidacy for governor

Edward Cox poses in Colonie, N.Y., Sept. 29,

Edward Cox poses in Colonie, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2009. Credit: AP

Rob Astorino would give Andrew Cuomo a run for his money in the 2014 governor's race, according to New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox.

In a meeting with Newsday's editorial board on Monday, Cox said that the Westchester County executive was extremely positive about the possibility of challenging Cuomo in the fall.

Cox recently set up a meeting between Astorino and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Republican Governors Association convention in Phoenix. During an hour-long conversation, the two men talked about balancing politics and family.

"I didn't get any details of the meeting, I didn't need to," said Cox. "They were very positive afterwards."

Cox told the editorial board that Astorino's meeting with Christie was "very helpful [for] encouraging Rob to run."