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NJ Governor Chris Christie: Jerry Brown a ‘retread’

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a few terse words to say about Gov. Brown at the GOP convention in Tampa, FL this week, but Christie’s comments come as no surprise to people familiar with his direct, unflinching style.

“Look at New Jersey and look at California,” Christie said. “Made two very different choices. New Jersey decided to take a chance, New Jersey decided to take a risk on a conservative Republican governor in a blue state. California made a bad choice by going with an old retread. I cannot believe you people elected Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman.”

Christie continued, “I don’t want to be insulting because it’s early, and I got plenty of time to be insulting the rest of the day. But I’ve gotta tell you, Jerry Brown? Jerry Brown? I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.”

Christie chastised Brown for sending a tax measure to the November ballot, saying, "Man, that’s leadership, isn’t it? And if you had made a different choice, you know that California would be moving in a significantly different direction today."

Back home in California, Brown spokesman Gil Duran was “unimpressed” with Christie’s comments, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"California is leading the nation in job growth, while New Jersey’s economy has stalled with rising unemployment under Gov. Christie," Duran said in the article. "It’s no wonder Gov. Christie wants to distract from his massive failure with a windstorm of rhetoric."

(Fast Fact: Jerry Brown was the only person in the country eligible to run for a third term as governor after the state enacted new term limits in 1990. If he runs for re-election in 2014 and wins, he will be the only governor in state history to have held office for four terms.)

Where will the exchanges go from here? There’s still three days of the GOP convention left, and plenty of conversation to be had.

Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @MelissaCorker.

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