Bloomberg: 'Newt Who?'

Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

Yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich touted his man of the people bonafides by telling an Iowa television station, ‘We don’t come out of a background where we can buy a seat or buy, as Mayor Bloomberg did, buy the mayorship of New York. I mean if you look at how much he spent, he just wrote a check and bought it.”

At a press conference today, the mayor played dumb when he was asked whether he felt the Republican candidate was pandering to Iowa voters at his expense. 

“What, did he say something?” the mayor said to laughs.

The news conference was to advertise the city’s efforts to bring down pedestrian and bike fatalities, and the mayor seemed to say the money he spent was worth it if it meant the city keeps improving.

“My job is have more events like this to be able to say that bike safety has gone up dramatically, crime has gone down, deaths by fire, deaths by traffic, that schools are improving, and that is what I am going to focus on,” he said.

Bloomberg: 'Newt Who?'