SAN JOSE -- California Gov. Jerry Brown continued his transcontinental war of words with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday with another jab at Christie's ample girth.
Brown, making a case to the Bay Area News Group's editorial boards for his tax-hike measure on November's ballot, said he and the state's other executive officers have pared their spending even to the extent that he takes the cramped middle seat when flying up and down California on Southwest Airlines.
"I'm flying Southwest and I oftentimes take the middle seat," Brown said. "I don't think Christie is taking the middle seat. So I'm doing my part for austerity."
Christie started the tiff while addressing California's delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., calling Brown "an old retread" who "won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old."
Brown, 74, responded a few days later by challenging the rotund Christie, 50, to a three-mile run, a push-up contest and a chin-up contest. He said he'd take any bet on such a matchup and was confident he'd win.
Christie on Tuesday told reporters "he can have that contest with himself," the Los Angeles Times reported. "I'll continue to try to make my state better."
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