Three days after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called California Gov. Jerry Brown an "old retread," the Democratic governor fired back on Thursday, challenging Christie to a physical fitness contest.
"There's nothing wrong with being a little retread," the 74-year-old, third-term governor told members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 in Los Angeles. "Not as much hair, I'm slowed down a little bit. But I have to tell you, I ran three miles in 29 minutes two nights ago ... and I hereby challenge Gov. Christie to a three-mile race, a pushup contest and a chin-up contest. And whatever he wants to bet, I have no doubt of the outcome."
In a speech to California Republicans attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Christie said he could not believe Californians chose Brown over Meg Whitman in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
"Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown?" Christie said. "I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old."
In a video of part of the address posted online by the union, Brown said Christie's remark showed only one thing: "I may know a hell of a lot more than you, because when you were 14, I was passing the farm labor bill, I was passing worker protections in California."
Brown said Christie's attack was "the first time I've ever been attacked at a convention, so I feel that I've finally come into my own, that I'm being attacked by the Republicans."