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But Bloomberg brushed off the criticism during a press conference in Brooklyn Thursday.

“Did he say something?” Bloomberg joked, according to the New York Post. “Look, my job is to do more events like this, to be able to say that life expectancy [is up], that crime has gone down, deaths by traffic [are down], that schools are improving, and that’s what I’m going to focus on.”

The paper also quoted a "Bloomberg ally" as calling Gingrich's remarks "the desperate last days in Iowa and he’s ranting.”

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