Chris Christie to Jerry Brown: Buzz off
Surprising exactly no one, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t interested in the fitness challenge suggested by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week.
"He can have that contest with himself,” Christie, a Republican, told reporters on Wednesday. “I'll continue to try to make my state better.”
Brown issued the challenge last Thursday after Christie called the 74-year-old California Democrat an “old retread.”
"I hereby challenge Gov. Christie to a three-mile race, a push-up contest and a chin-up contest," Brown said during a speech to union members. "And whatever he wants to bet, I have no doubt of the outcome.”
Gil Duran, a spokesman for Brown who has eagerly targeted Christie, quickly fired off more jabs on Twitter.
“NJ credit was downgraded under @GovChristie, unemployment is increasing. Not a time to throw stones,” he wrote.
The cross-country sparring match has been fodder for other California politicians as well, including Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles).
"Chris Christie should pick on someone his own size, and I'm right here if he wants to do that," the hefty Perez told Sacramento's KXTV on Tuesday.
-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento