Gov. Dannel P. Malloy traveled to New York Tuesday morning for an in studio interview with MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ crew to talk about how his budget deficit is different than ones in neighboring states.

“It’s the biggest per capita deficit in all of the country,” Malloy said. “And really because no one did any of the hard work over the last few years.”

He said unlike other governor’s he’s not passing the spending cuts down to municipalities, which would be forced increase property taxes in order to balance their budgets.

The show Tuesday was co-hosted by Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Pat Buchanan and Tom Brokaw. Joe Scarborough wasn’t there.

Brzezinski asked Malloy if he cared about his 35 percent approval rating. “Listen, I have feelings,” Malloy replied. The response solicited a sympathetic “awww” from Brzezinski.

She followed up by telling him businesses in the state can’t be happy with his budget.

“The biggest employers in the state of Connect are happy with this budget,” Malloy said.

But the argument is that Connecticut is not business friendly, Brzezinski added.

Malloy said that may be true of some manufacturers, but isn’t true if you’re referring to high precision manufacturing of submarines and jet engines. 

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