Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the public safety policies of the leading candidate to be the city’s next mayor, Bill de Blasio, telling the Wall Street Journal the front-runner subscribes to an “anti-police ideology” and warning the city could see the higher crime levels of Chicago under his leadership. De Blasio holds a 40-point lead in polls over Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate and a former deputy mayor under Giuliani. “I mean, this guy's been arrested a number of times,” said Giuliani “Most of it shows an anti-establishment attitude, which means anti-police. This is a tough guy for the cops to say, 'This guy's got our back.'” Giuliani said Lhota understands policing “backwards and forwards” and his commitment had been demonstrated when he nearly died after being trapped in a building during the Sept. 11 attacks.