Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday shrugged off the primary challenge from Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout, who is launching her gubernatorial campaign and petitioning process.

“You have people on the extreme left… and you have people on the extreme right,” Cuomo said on The Capitol Pressroom this morning. “That’s what you call a politcal contest.”

Cuomo added it’s “inaccurate” to suggest he hasn’t been sufficiently liberal, pointing to changes to the state’s tax code — which he has alternatively referred to as a tax cut , even though it generated $1.9 billion in extra revenue — as well as the legalization of same-sex marriage and the controversial gun control package known as the SAFE Act.

Cuomo at the Working Families Party convention last month gained the labor-backed organization’s endorsement after agreeing to help pass a host of liberal-sought legislation, including a new minimum wage increase and the DREAM Act.

Teachout had sought the WFP nomination as well, but came up short in the balloting. Both she and Cuomo received sufficient amounts of the weighted convention vote to get onto the ballot (more than 25 percent) if they were enrolled WFP members. But they are both Democrats and need special permission from party leaders known as a Wilson Pakula, which has a higher threshold (jsut over 50 percent) that only Cuomo managed to cross.

The governor insisted during his interview today he’s been supportive of major liberal legislation in the past.

“I did not promise to be more progressive,” Cuomo said in the interview. “I am a progressive Democrat and this state has been more progressive.”

At the same time, Cuomo has pledged to help Democrats retake the Senate.

On Monday, he clarified that such support is contingent on whether those lawmakers backed a liberal platform as well, suggesting his endorsement isn’t a blanket one for all Democratic senators.

“In terms of a Democrat Senate, I support progressive senators that support progressive issues,” he said.

Cuomo added he wanted to “defer” questions about the Senate leadership until after the legislative session concludes.