Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted in a news conference Thursday he was not out to “punish” the Working Families Party, saying such actions are “for God” to mete out.

At the same time, Cuomo insisted the split withing the WFP, which endorsed his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon on Saturday, was between the activist wing of the party and its founding labor unions, which have left the organization on the eve of meeting last weekend.

“I’m not going to punish. It has nothing to do with me,” Cuomo said. “Punishment is for God. Who unions should support or not support, that’s up to the unions. Nobody’s going to tell them what to do.”

WFP officials have said publicly that Cuomo has leveled threats against the WFP, telling them to “lose my number” if they endorsed Nixon and would find ways of pulling funding from the advocacy organizations that remain with the liberal ballot line. The groups are largely funded by labor organizations and cannot receive direct funding from the state.

Cuomo, however, said the schism within the party is solely between labor and advocacy groups, a split that has dated back several years before the Nixon primary challenge.

“The Working Families issue is an issue between the groups in the Working Families Party and the labor unions,” Cuomo said. “As the labor unions have said multiple times, the Working Families people are delusional if you tell them who to support.”

Cuomo has repeatedly said he is sticking with the labor unions in the dispute.

Over the last month, Cuomo has emphasized issues such as criminal justice reform, announcing an executive order that would allow people on parole the right to vote. At the same time, Cuomo has said the “facts have changed” on recreational marijuana, an issue that is being studied by the state, which was first announced in January. Nixon has called for a legalization of marijuana in New York.

“I have been doing the same thing since I entered public service,” he said. “I’m a very simple, consistent fellow.”