Presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE got the cold shoulder from a room of 800 Republicans at the New York City GOP gala Thursday night, receiving little interaction from the audience as he went through his usual stump speech.


Cruz, who followed speeches from rivals Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE and John Kasich, began by making a joke at Trump’s expense that fell flat.

“I haven’t built any buildings in New York City, but I have spent my entire life fighting to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” the Texas senator said, taking a shot at the GOP front-runner who, just moments before, spent the majority of his speech talking about his New York real estate successes.

Media at the scene reported guests walking around and talking during Cruz’s address.

Cruz has had a tough time campaigning in New York, in part due to comments he made about “New York values” that some saw as disparaging toward the city.

Polls show the senator lagging substantially behind Trump, a native New Yorker. Trump leads Cruz by a staggering 36 points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. Kasich takes, second with 22 percent support, compared to Trump’s 54 percent and Cruz’s 18 percent.

The gala comes before next week’s critical New York primary, where the three GOP candidates will compete for a share of the state’s 95 delegates.