De Blasio is ‘Close’ to Final Gubernatorial Campaign Decision

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who leaves office after this week, said on Monday that he will decide whether or not he is running for governor of New York ”very soon” in an interview with MSNBC.

”Real, real soon. I’ve got one more week, and I’m going to focus obviously on fighting COVID,” de Blasio told ”Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough. ”I’m going to finish that fight, and then there’s a new fight up ahead to change this state. I’ll have a lot more to say very, very, very soon, Joe.”

Last month, the mayor filed paperwork with the New York Board of Elections to gain approval for a fundraising committee that could potentially assist a 2022 gubernatorial campaign.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, faces several primary challengers who have already announced their intent to run, including New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Rep. Thomas Suozzi. New York Attorney General Letitia James dropped out of the race after previously announcing her candidacy in October.

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