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The governor popped into East Rock Thursday afternoon to make the case that Toni Harp’s experience at the state Capitol shows why New Haveners should elect her their next mayor.

Accompanied by New Haven labor leader Bob Proto, Malloy arrived at Nica’s Market on Orange Street—the home base of support for one of Harp’s rivals, Justin Elicker—at 5 p.m. to make the endorsement.

After a short tour inside Nica’s, Malloy came back outside to address a crowd assembled on the market’s patio after preliminary remarks by state Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. He offered his perspective from his perch in Hartford to make the case for Harp’s candidacy.

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