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Chris Christie calls Jerry Brown ‘an old retread’

By Josh Richman
Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 10:46 am in Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman, Political conventions, Republican Party, Republican politics.

Media including the Los Angeles Times are reporting on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s tirade against California Gov. Jerry Brown this morning as he addressed California’s delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.:

“California made the bad choice by going with an old retread,” Christie told California’s delegation to the Republican National Convention here, a crowd that lapped up his message. “Let me tell you this – I cannot believe you people elected Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman. … Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown? I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.”

Christie said the 74-year-old, three-term governor told him that he’s not trying to raise taxes, that he is allowing voters to decide by putting a tax proposal on the ballot.

“Man, that’s leadership, isn’t it?” Christie said.

Seems like my story in today’s editions about California being a popular GOP punching bag was timely, no?

A few observations: Christie governs a state that doesn’t require two-thirds majorities of both houses of the Legislature in order to raise taxes. California’s GDP grew by 2 percent last year, while New Jersey’s shrank by -0.5 percent. And Meg Whitman now presides over Hewlett-Packard, which last week reported its largest-ever quarterly loss – $8.9 billion – and is stumbling dangerously, according to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek.

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  • Elwood

    Chris is right. Jerry’s senility shows a little more everyday with his doomed tax increase initiative, his high speed choo choo to nowhere and the delta-draining twin bores. He is desperately trying to emulate his father, the real Governor Brown.

  • Elwood

    Don’t expect to see Chris Christie and Mitt Romney on the podium at the same time.

    They’re afraid Chris will eat him.

  • Elwood

    Jerry Brown’s Pathetic Lies (Prop 30)

    “The dirty little secret is that the new revenues are needed to backfill the insolvent teachers pension fund.”

    http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/08/gov-brown-says-prop-30-taxes-are-all-about-schools-not-so/

  • JohnW

    “I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.”

    With his youth and vigor, perhaps Christie would like to join 74-year-old Jerry in a combination 3k run and pushup competition, sponsored by Krispy Kreme.

    Had to say that, but I agree Jerry has been a disappointment. I really thought he would shake things up in Sacramento. Not that Meg Whitman would have been able to get anything done with the legislature — although she would have killed HSR.

    If the pension reform that Sacramento supposedly will pass this week is serious reform similar to Jerry’s proposal, that will be a real accomplishment. But I’m skeptical. Either way, Prop. 30 will have to pass without my vote.

  • Elwood

    “If the pension reform that Sacramento supposedly will pass this week is serious reform–”

    I hear that the legislation will also regulate flying pigs.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    California politics and “lifestyles” are a laughingstock. What saves this state from complete collapse are its natural resources and agriculture, pockets of talent and brains and an attractive climate which continues to draw other Americans even in difficult times. Sacramento politics is as lovely as a permanent case of acne and as idealistic as your average tier at San Quentin.

  • JohnW

    “I hear that the legislation will also regulate flying pigs.”

    Only genetically engineered flying pigs.

  • StevefromSacto

    Being called incompetent by Chris Christie is like being called ugly by a frog.

  • JohnW

    People call Chris Christie lots of things. “Incompetent” isn’t usually one of them.