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Jerry Brown goes to Washington to build relationships with other governors

Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of the nation's governors. A couple of them have recently visited the Golden State, seeking to woo businesses away.
Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of the nation's governors. A couple of them have recently visited the Golden State, seeking to woo businesses away. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington for the annual gathering of governors from around the country, and he'll have his work cut out for him.

Unlike his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrat Brown is a rare visitor to the nation’s capitol. Last winter, he attended the National Governors Association’s meeting but also met with a cabinet secretary to talk about Medi-Cal reimbursement. This year, the Governor’s office says his only agenda is to “build relationships” with other governors.

He may have some work to do.

Earlier this month, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry ran ads in California inviting businesses to “check out Texas.” Brown called the ads “barely a fart.” A second governor, Republican Terry Branstad of Iowa, is in California this week to deliver the message that it's less expensive to do business in the Hawkeye State.

Last fall, another GOP governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey, called Brown an “old retread.” The 74-year old Californian challenged Christie to a three-mile race, pushups and chin-ups. The portly Christie declined to take him up on the offer.

Brown will join other governors at a Monday meeting with the President. He’s also expected to talk with fellow governors about California’s climate change law.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline on an earlier version if this story inaccurately stated that Gov. Brown was in D.C. to "repair" relationships with other governors. 

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