Appearing this morning in a rare on-camera television interview with Fox News Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo jokingly sidestepped a question about whether he or former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016.

“I’m sorry I’m losing you. We have a technical difficulty,” Cuomo said jokingly.

Cuomo appeared on Bartiromo’s new program, “Opening Bell” touting the tax-free economic zones around college campuses, a program called “START UP NY” along with his tax-cutting record.

Bartiromo, formerly of CNBC, has hosted Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council award ceremonies in Albany, and referred to the governor at the most recent event as “our fearless leader.”

The interview on the business news channel comes a day after Cuomo reportedly met with Republican-aligned members of the business community for a non-fundraiser reception to talk about his record over the last three years in office.

It’s the second such meeting Cuomo has held as he courts the business community in the lead up to his re-election.

In the interview, Cuomo declined to make any comments about his re-election campaign or his potential opponent, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

“I’m trying to stay away from the politics until I finish the government, because once you start the political speak, the government stops,” Cuomo said. “We’ve had good luck here in New York state avoiding gridlock and paralysis, and I work very well on both sides of the aisle.”

In what has become a rather standard line for him the governor said he doesn’t want to talk politics until the end of the legislative session in June, but did say he’s running for re-election.

“I want to stay away from talking any politics until June. But if I was doing the political market forecast, Maria, for your show, I would say, my long-term projection is that Andrew Cuomo may run for re-election in the state of New York.”

“I’m running for governor of the state of New York,” he added.

That we kind of already knew, given the early proliferation of Cuomo 2014 swag.