Video: Jerry Brown Challenges Chris Christie to Athletic Contest

Here’s an item from the Sacramento Bee on Jerry Brown’s appearance before United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 in LA today. Brown took the opportunity to respond to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s ” you’re so old” riff about Brown at the Republican National Convention a few days ago with an “oh yeah well you’re so fat” taunt of his own.

Referring to Christie’s comment that California had elected an “old retread” in Brown, California’s 74-year-old governor said…

There’s nothing wrong with being a little retread. 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.”

This of course is a backhanded reference to Christie’s physique, which is of the portly variety. Here’s video of Brown’s remarks…

So the election of ideas continues…

Still, it’s interesting to note how “California” has become even more of a dirty word among Republicans than usual this election cycle. Earlier in the month, on the campaign trail in Iowa, Mitt Romney compared the state to the economically challenged and debt-ridden country of Greece.

Aside from Hollywood and San Francisco and the issues taken up by the people who live in those two Gomorrahs, the state has increasingly become a natural target for national Republicans, just because the party is in such a state of disarray here. There are currently no GOP officeholders who have been elected statewide, and Democrats need just a handful of election gains in the Legislature to give them the two-thirds supermajority they’d need to raise taxes unilaterally.

So call it sour grapes, if you want. Or figure that Obama leads Romney by as much as 20 percent in some polls, so there’s no downside to using the state as code for everything-some-people-hate-about-the-world-and-more.

But you have to wonder, if prominent national Democrats made a punching bag of a bright red state like Texas, for instance, what would the rest of the country think?

You can watch some of Christie’s original comments in this Fox Business video.