The New York Republican Committee on Wednesday took a shot at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned forum in Iowa for the presidential candidates to discuss inequality.

In a statement, Republican Chairman Ed Cox said the trip to Iowa is a sign the mayor is “bored with his job already.”

“While he tends to his presidential ambitions, quality of life in the city is declining, crime is increasing and the public school system is an embarrassment,” Cox said in the statement. “Why are we not surprised that he would rather do a public forum in Iowa than New York City?”

De Blasio has sought to inject into the national debate a discussion about the growing income inequality chasm in the country, holding off on making an early endorsement in the presidential campaign in the process.

Democratic candidates including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders are invited to the event.