NEW YORK — Donald Trump, the nation’s most shameless political flirt, is at it again.
This time, the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV star and perennial self-promoter is toying with the idea of challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the state’s high taxes and tight gun-control laws make the Democratic incumbent vulnerable.
Trump has met with Republican leaders and has pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars on a potential campaign, though those are the same kind of motions he’s made once before for governor and several times for president over the years without ever actually jumping in.
For now, he’s in no hurry to make up his mind.
“I’ve got time,” he told The Associated Press in an interview this week. “I believe — and many people believe — I’m the only Republican who can win. I think I would win easily.”
Trump, who Forbes estimates is worth $3.5 billion, has vowed that he’ll only run if the state’s Republican Party rallies behind him and he faces no challengers for the nomination.