As he hopes to persuade New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to give his candidacy against Andrew Cuomo another look, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino joked he brought a copy of today’s New York Times with him to the meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Colorado.

Christie this week said he had no plans at the moment to aid Astorino’s campaign, which trails Cuomo in public opinion polls.

Astorino, in turn, responded that Christie should potentially step down as head of the RGA, especially if there’s a “handshake” agreement over potentially disclosing more damaging information in the controversy over the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

In conference call with reporters this afternoon, Astorino said he’ll be speaking with Christie while he’s in Aspen today for the RGA’s meeting, suggesting he’ll bring up today’s exhaustive New York Times report on Cuomo’s handling of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.

“Same thing I said to him yesterday,” Astorino said when asked about talking to the likely presidential candidate, “but now I’ve brought a copy of The New York Times with me.”

Astorino added he expects Christie to campaign for him at some point. He also expects other Republican governors to come to New York and campaign for him (Astorino has spoken approvingly of Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker).

“You’ll be seeing that in the weeks to come,” he said when asked which governors will come. “They’ll be coming to New York.”

Astorino used the conference call to again blast Cuomo’s handling of the Moreland Commission as well as his office’s involvement, suggesting the governor’s office broke the law where to issue subpoenas from the panel.

“We’ve seen a govrnor resign over a personal indiscretion,” Astorino said in the conference call. “This is certainly a matter of public trust, of public law.”

Astorino pointed out the commission’s members were deputized by the state attorney general’s office.

“This was not an advisory board that reports to the governor. This was a separate independent commission that was looking into corruption wherever it led. And when it led to the governor’s office it was turned away. It was quashed,” he said. “That’s obstructionist of justice.”

The real test for Astorino though is whether the Moreland issue as any legs for voters, who have shown to care about economic and education issues.

Astorino suggested it could move voters, tying ethical wrongdoing to a “corruption tax.”

“If we can’t have honest officials, then everything else falls by the wayside,” he said.

Updated: Cuomo campaign spokesman Peter Kauffmann released this statement, pointing to the Westchester County executive’s outside consulting job.

“It takes a lot of nerve for Westchester’s king of cronyism to launch attacks on ethics. Rob Astorino should come clean on his outside income and the raises he’s given to political allies.”