Bloomberg was speaking to members of a Jewish group in Boca Raton, Florida on Friday, June 20.
The mayor says the rumor campaign is “cloaked in concern for Israel” but threatens to undo the strides that Jews and Muslims have made together.
Obama is Christian but has noted that some of the rumors about him have also been insulting to Muslims.
Political independent Bloomberg has not endorsed anyone yet in the presidential race. His defense of Obama could help the Illinois senator in Florida, which is home to many Jewish voters.
As mayor of New York City, Bloomberg declines to receive a city salary, accepting compensation of $1.00 annually for his services. He maintains a public listing in the New York City phone directory, residing not in Gracie Mansion, the official mayor’s mansion, but instead at his own home in Manhattan, he also takes the subway to work most days.
Bloomberg was born to a Jewish family of Russian and Polish descent and was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. Bloomberg is among the world’s richest people with a net worth estimated at $11.5 BILLION.