Annmarie Fertoli, Associate Producer at WNYC
Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may be withholding information about Bridgegate, according to his Republican gubernatorial challenger.
At a press conference Tuesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was asked how he felt about the lack of support he has received from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who controls a large pot of campaign cash through the Republican Governor's Association.
“A lot has changed since Bridgegate,” Astorino said, referring to the lane closure scandal on the George Washington Bridge this past fall. “Now I don’t know if there’s a connection with he and Andrew Cuomo on Bridgegate, or if Cuomo has something that he’s holding back, information that could be damaging to the governor.”
Astorino did not elaborate on what that “something” might be.
“I think whatever Governor Christie knew, or didn’t know, is probably the same for Governor Cuomo,” he said. “And if there’s anything being held back that Governor Cuomo knows, and if he’s holding that over Governor Christie’s head, I don’t know.”
Christie has said he would not spend RGA money on Astorino’s bid for governor, calling the race a “lost cause.” In the latest polls, Cuomo leads Astorino by nearly 40 points.
New York State Democratic Committee Chair David Paterson responded to Astorino's comments Tuesday.
"That is a reckless, irresponsible accusation to make with no basis whatsoever, and not fitting for a qualified Gubernatorial candidate," he said. "Maybe that's why his candidacy is not being taken seriously."
Governor Christie’s office has not responded to a request for comment.