Trump: Cruz hates New York
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"Cruz is a guy who hates New York. He hates New Yorkers, and he's trying to put a different spin on it," Trump said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday. 

Trump criticized Cruz for voting against disaster relief funding for Hurricane Sandy that slammed the East Coast in 2012 and for denying "some very important appropriations" for "other things."  

"He's a very anti-New York guy, and I guarantee if he ever made it to president, New York would forget about the federal government," Trump added.  

Cruz has had a tough time in New York, polling 33 points behind Trump, a native New Yorker, according to RealClearPolitics polling averages. He's neck-and-neck with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both garnering about 20 percent support. 

All three GOP candidates are campaigning hard in New York before its primary, and Trump and a pro-Kasich super-PAC have released attack ads against Cruz, hitting him for his "New York values" comments.