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Representative Lee Zeldin. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) announced Thursday he's running for governor of New York in 2022, vowing to "bring New York back from the brink and return it to glory."

Why it matters: Zeldin is a friend of the Trump family and could receive support from Trump himself, Politico reports, which would make the representative a more solidified challenger to embattled Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Details: Zeldin on Twitter Thursday painted New York as being burdened by "crushing taxes, lost jobs, suffocating regulations, & rising crime."

  • "At the helm of NY’s downfall is Andrew Cuomo, whose deadly nursing home order & cover-up is part of a long line of scandals, lies, & harassment," he wrote.
  • "I'm ready to go all in on this mission and bring New York back from the brink and return it to glory," he added.

Worth noting: Andrew Giuliani, former Trump White House staffer and the son of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, announced he will run for governor on Wednesday.

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Andrew Giuliani says he plans to run for New York governor

Andrew Giuliani in 2010. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump White House staffer and the son of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, told the Washington Examiner he plans to run for governor of New York in 2022.

Why it matters: Despite a flood of sexual misconduct allegations and a federal investigation into his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still expected to run for reelection next year. A Cuomo-Giuliani matchup would set up a clash between two of the most prominent political families in New York.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

American officials and authorities in Haiti are working to try and free 17 hostages from a U.S.-based missionary group who were kidnapped in Port-au-Prince over the weekend, AP reported Monday.

The latest: Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement Sunday, "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children." The Ohio-based organization said they were on a trip to visit an orphanage when they were kidnapped Saturday.

China's economic growth slows

A worker assembles heavy truck engines in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, on Monday. Photo: Long We/Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

China's economy grew 4.9% in the third quarter of 2021 compared with a year earlier, the country's National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday.

Why it matters: The gross domestic product growth in the July-September period in the world’s second-largest economy marked the "weakest pace since the third quarter of 2020 and slowing from 7.9% in the second quarter," Reuters notes.