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U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) received a key endorsement last week as President Barack Obama threw his weight behind her bid to retain the congressional seat she has held for 18 years.

The president praised Maloney, who represents Long Island City, Astoria and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, for her stands on health care and protecting consumers from credit card abuse.

“I’m proud to endorse Carolyn Maloney for re-election and to have her working with me for the change America needs,” Obama said. “New Yorkers are extraordinarily lucky to have her fighting for them in Congress. Carolyn is tenacious, energetic and reform-minded — someone with good ideas and the know-how to get them done.”

Maloney, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, will face off against fellow Democrat Reshma Saujani and Manhattan’s Ryan Brumberg, who is running on the Republican line.

Obama was not the only endorsement Maloney nabbed last week. She also gained the support of the 2.5 million members of the New York State American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Unions.

— Nathan Duke

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