Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sen. Cruz owes the people of the city an apology, and he owes first responders an apology.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I am disgusted at the insult that Ted Cruz threw at this city and its people. The bottom line is he does not understand in the least New York values," said de Blasio.
The mayor said he's in-line with Donald Trump's response.
"I find myself for once agreeing with Donald Trump," de Blasio said. "I think it was right for Donald Trump to defend this city, to talk about the heroic actions of the people of this city after 9/11."
He posted this message on social media Friday morning:
There is ONE thing I agree with @realDonaldTrump on: his love for NYC. Appreciated his tribute to our city's heroic response to terrorism.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) January 15, 2016
"New York values" came up during the debate when Sen. Cruz was trying to discount Donald Trump's alignment with the Republican Party.
"Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal ... focused around money and the media," Cruz said.
Sen. Cruz then specifically pointed to Trump's home in Midtown Manhattan, saying "I can frame it another way: Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I'm just saying."
Trump countered, saying Sen. Cruz's comment were insulting, and talked about how New York City came together after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
"Everybody in the world watched, and everyone in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers," Trump said. "That was a very insulting statement that Ted made."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also weighed in on Sen. Cruz's comments.
"Not only what he said is anti-New York, it's anti-American," Gov. Cuomo told CNN. "I think it's sad, I think it's disturbing for all Americans, not just for New York. He is practicing the politics of division, he is trying to divide people, he is trying to divide this country. It doesn't work and it is antithetical to who we are."
Hillary Clinton took Trump's side on this one, too:
Just this once, Trump's right: New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience, and building better lives for our families. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 15, 2016