DeSantis, who has fallen to third in Republican primary polling behind former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, mostly stuck to a pro-Florida script as his state prepares to open its legislative session and avoided shots at his GOP rivals.
“Florida now has millions of more residents than New York state,” he said. “Yet New York’s budget is twice the size of ours here in Florida. They have a $4.3 billion deficit. We now have more manufacturing jobs than New York and have added twice as many jobs as New York in the past year. And our employment rate is close to 50% lower than that of New York.”