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Gov. Jerry Brown tells United Food and Commercial Workers in Los Angeles on Friday that he has “no doubt” that he could beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a physical fitness contest.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown challenges N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to a race

Published: Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012 - 7:32 am

Gov. Jerry Brown will not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week, but he already took his rebuttal shot at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Three days after Christie called him an "old retread," at the Republican National Convention, Brown 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 push-up contest and a chin-up contest. And whatever he wants to bet, I have no doubt of the outcome."

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."

Brown decided to stay at the Capitol next week to review hundreds of bills sent to him as the Legislature adjourned for the year.

In addition, Brown's father-in-law, Rockwell "Rocky" Gust, father of first lady Anne Gust Brown, died earlier this week.

– David Siders

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Republican state Sen. Doug LaMalfa of Richvale will resign so that a special election to fill his seat can be consolidated with the Nov. 6 general election. LaMalfa, whose district covers a wide region of northeastern California, is running for Congress to succeed retiring Republican Wally Herger. He is considered a shoo-in in the heavily GOP district. – Dan Walters

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