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VIDEO: Jerry Brown says Newsom ‘smart to start early’

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Fourth Annual Public Safety Realignment Conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Fourth Annual Public Safety Realignment Conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. AP

One day after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared his candidacy for governor in 2018 – more than three years before the election – the office’s current occupant on Thursday praised Newsom’s timing.

“It’s smart to start early, I’ll tell you that,” Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters after an event in Sacramento. “It’s a big state. It takes a long time to build up your resources.”

Brown, a fourth-term Democrat, has traditionally waited much longer to get into his own campaigns, though he has not suffered from it in recent years.

The governor offered only brief remarks after a speech to students at a YMCA model Legislature and court event.

Inside, Brown called as he has before for robust action on climate change. He warned his young audience of a “point of no return” and “all sorts of devastation and catastrophes” if that issue is left unchecked. Here are those remarks:

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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