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Jerry Brown challenges Chris Christie to race, chin-up contest, as you do

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Gov. Jerry Brown, not actually calling out Chris Christie in real time, but we like to pretend.

Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to take the high ground in response to cross-country smacktalk about his being an "old retread" from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Meaning he's challenged the Republican to a fitness contest.

"I hereby challenge Gov. Christie to a three-mile race, a push-up contest and a chin-up contest," he said in a speech to the Local 770 chapter of workers' union UCFW. "And whatever he wants to bet. I have no doubt of the outcome."

(He also added that being old just meant he knew "a hell of a lot more than" Christie).

The L.A. Times reports that Christie office spokesman Kevin Roberts shot back at Brown via e-mail:

"Defensive much?" Roberts wrote. "This is what it looks like when you're out of ideas I guess. Except, of course, raising taxes."

Meanwhile, YouTube commenter cindiloohoo has already placed her bets: "Not exactly fair, Jerry. Of course you would beat him in a chin-up contest - he has three chins and you only have one."

Update at 2:31 p.m.: As my editor has just reminded me, this is not the first time a California democrat has taken a back-door jab at Chris Christie's girth.

This isn't even the first time they've done so in the past week.

"I saw Chris Christie on television the other day and noticed he and the rest of the RNC attendees can't seem to stop talking about California," said California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, as the RNC began to wrap up Thursday. "Christie's time would be better spent taking up First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Fitness Challenge than bashing our great state."

In the words of the immortal Liz Lemon, ya burnt.

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