WASHINGTON - Any hope of a push-up contest between California Gov. Jerry Brown and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was put on hold for at least a few hours Sunday, with Christie and Brown posing together -- all smiles -- for a photograph at a dinner at the White House.
Brown's wife, Anne Gust Brown, posted the photograph from her Twitter account with the message, "Jerry and Chris at the White House. Not doing push ups."
Brown and Christie, in Washington for a meeting of the nation's governors, feuded last year.
In a speech to California Republicans at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August, Christie called the 74-year-old Brown an "old retread" and said he could not believe Californians elected him to a third term.
Brown fired back at New Jersey's rotund governor a few days later. Brown said he may have less hair and be slower than he once was, 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."
Governors dined with President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday and are meeting with him again this morning.
Brown missed the closing session of the National Governors Association this morning, but Christie attended. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show," talked about the dangers of smoking and obesity, and how governors could encourage people to improve their health.
He also offered governors some personal advice.
"The average American is intimate once a week," Oz said. "If you could go from once a week to twice a week, which is very achievable for this highly performing group of individuals, you actually increase your life expectancies three years, and it would be a lot more fun."
PHOTO CREDIT: California Gov. Jerry Brown and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pose for a photograph at the White House on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Posted on Twitter by California first lady Anne Gust Brown.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends a meeting of the National Governors Association on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. David Siders/The Sacramento Bee