Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Ocasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' MORE on Wednesday released a new radio ad attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ahead of the Empire State's April 19 primary.
 
The 60-second ad, titled "Nerve," starts by referring to comments made by de Blasio attacking the Texas senator.
 
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"I think Ted Cruz is out of touch with New York State and New York City," the ad quotes de Blasio saying.
 
"He's got a lot of nerve," the ad says in response. "De Blasio's socialist policies are tearing this city apart."
 
The ad says that murder in the city is up nearly 10 percent and cops are treated "like criminals." It also accuses the mayor of making New York a "sanctuary city, rolling out the red carpet for illegals." 
 
"Now he's meddling in the Republican primary, campaigning against Cruz, because when Cruz is president, de Blasio is done," the ad says.
 
When Cruz is president, there will be no more sanctuary cities or "soft-on-terror policies," it continues. It also says Cruz will "instruct the Justice Department to hold corrupt politicians accountable."
 
It appears to refer to a federal investigation into possible corruption involving de Blasio's campaign fundraising, according to The New York Times.
 
"Maybe that's why de Blasio fears Ted Cruz. Send de Blasio a message. Vote Cruz for president," the clip concludes.
 
The ad is set to air on conservative talk radio statewide ahead of the state's Tuesday primary, The New York Times reported.
 
Cruz and de Blasio have feuded in the past, with the Texas senator taking direct aim at the mayor during a campaign stop, calling him a "liberal Democratic politician" who has "been hammering the people of New York for some time."
 
Cruz also said he has no regrets about his "New York values" comment, again mentioning the mayor directly.
 
De Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton gave Cruz a piece of advice in response to his attacks, urging him to be a "leader" and "a man" — and to sound more presidential and less extremist.
 
"Talk about NYC’s job growth, low crime rates, need for more affordable housing, parental leave and the city’s successful pre-K effort. Bring people together. Stop dividing them,” Hinton wrote in an email.
 
Cruz is facing a big deficit in New York, currently sitting in third place with 18 percent support, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.