Presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke: Decisions on late-term abortions 'best left to a woman and her doctor' New report details O'Rourke's prankish past O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College 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 John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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.