Donald Trump said this morning that he’s made no decision on whether to run for governor next year, saying he is listening to Republicans urging him to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“The Republican leaders from New York came to see me last week and they wanted me to do that. And I’ll make a decision at some time pretty soon, I think,” Trump said on Fox News.
Trump said running for governor wasn’t something he was considering, alluding to other plans he had — which he didn’t elaborate on.
“I had something else in mind, and this was not actually something I wanted to do,” Trump continued. “I love the state, I love the country, but they feel very strongly about it, so at some point I’ll make a decision.”
Assemblyman Bill Nojay, R-Pittsford, Monroe County, has led an effort to entice Trump to consider a run against Cuomo, saying Trump would bring name recognition and money to the race and give Republicans a viable candidate at the top of their ticket.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has been making rounds and considering a gubernatorial run against Cuomo. He will be Buffalo on Wednesday to meet with local GOP leaders.
Politico got a clip of Trump’s interview this morning.