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Jerry Brown: Don't Count Out Christie in 2016

Jerry Brown: Don't Count Out Christie in 2016

By Adam O'Neal - May 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown believes that despite Chris Christie's dip in popularity, the New Jersey governor would still be a formidable presidential candidate in 2016.

“I would never count him out,” Brown told RealClearPolitics when asked Wednesday if he believes Christie is still a viable candidate amid lingering fallout from the “Bridgegate” scandal. “He’s definitely a force. He should not be ignored.”

Though he and Christie have distinct political differences, Brown acknowledged that “intellectually” and “politically” his Garden State counterpart has the resources necessary to mount a legitimate presidential bid.

The two governors made news together during the 2012 presidential campaign. Christie referred to Brown an “old retread” that California voters would eventually regret electing. The then-74-year-old Democrat responded by challenging the overweight Christie to a series of physical fitness contests.

While Christie is widely expected to seek the White House, Brown has repeatedly denied having any interest in higher office. He pursued the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980, and 1992. 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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