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Chris Christie has cross-country criticism for Jerry Brown

August 27, 2012 | 11:50 am

Christie convention

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a pep talk to California's Republican delegation on Monday by taking a few swings at Gov. Jerry Brown.

Christie, who will be the convention's keynote speaker on Tuesday, called the 74-year-old Democratic governor an "old retread." He campaigned for Brown's Republican opponent, Meg Whitman, during the 2010 election.

The full story on Christie's jabs was reported by Seema Mehta.

“Let me tell you this – I cannot believe you people elected Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman," Christie said. "Jerry Brown? I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.”

A spokesman for Brown, Gil Duran, fired back. "It's no wonder Gov. Christie wants to distract from his massive failure with a windstorm of rhetoric,” he said.

Christie last took pot shots at Brown during his State of the State speech in January.

Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to the media at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images