Jeb Bush speaks during a campaign stop at Souhegan High School, on Jan. 16, 2016, in Amherst, NH.
Jim Cole—AP
January 16, 2016 3:58 PM EST

Jeb Bush is joining those who are piling-on against Ted Cruz’s criticism of those who share “New York values.”

The former Florida Governor told reporters on Saturday that rival Donald Trump was right to defend The Big Apple from Cruz’s criticism that started during Thursday night’s debate. Cruz tried to cast New York as liberal and elite, but the attack largely backfired when Trump countered that New York values helped the city recover after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Bush weighed in on the kerfuffle as he wrapped up his visit to New Hampshire after a reporter asked him what he made of the snipes over New York values.

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“I don’t know what that means, really,’ Bush said. “I thought we were stuck on San Francisco values until recently. Now, we’re bicoastal.”

Bush then ribbed Cruz’s pedigree. “Ted Cruz went to Princeton. He went to Harvard. His wife is a talented woman who works at Goldman Sachs,” Bush said. “I guess he has an insight into New York values that others don’t have.”

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