Newt Gingrich Says Mayor Bloomberg Bought Third Term, Bloomberg Laughs And Ignores

12/29/2011 03:45 pm ET | Updated Dec 29, 2011

As Newt Gingrich continues to plummet in the polls, the presidential hopeful is now aiming his trash talk at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

With less than a week before the Iowa caucuses and desperate to appeal to working class voters, Gingrich attributed his low poll numbers to being a middle-class guy on Wednesday, unlike Bloomberg:

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.

The surprising snipe didn't get much of a response from the mayor though. When asked about Gingrich's comment at a press conference on Thursday, Bloomberg simply laughed and said, "What, did he say something?"

Bloomberg, who indeed spent $102 million of his own money to ultimately win his third term, didn't let the criticism get to him. After the chuckle, the mayor rose above Gingrich's low blow and went on to say:

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.