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updated 2/6/2013 8:49:51 PM ET 2013-02-07T01:49:51

The governors of our two biggest states are trading jabs this week, thanks to a radio ad campaign from Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Jerry versus Perry! The governors of the two biggest states are trading jabs this week, thanks to a radio ad campaign from Texas Governor Rick Perry. “Building a business is tough,” Perry says in the ad. “And I have a message for California businesses: come check out Texas.”

The ad hit the California airwaves earlier this week as part of a $24,000 ad buy. Governor Jerry Brown might be irked at the attempt to lure business owners away from his state, but the dollar amount spent on the ad campaign needs a few more zeroes to really attract his attention. According to the Sacramento Bee, Brown called the buy “the smallest entry into the media market of California.” Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development released an official statement touting the success of businesses like Amazon and Samsung, both of which have operations centered in California.

That’s the polite version. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Governor Brown let it rip. “It’s not a burp. It’s barely a fart,” he said.

If the idea of Jerry Brown getting into a spat with a fellow governor rings a bell, there’s a reason. At the Republican National Convention back in September, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had some choice words for Brown’s constituents, suggesting they had made a “bad choice” voting for an “old retread.”

Brown’s response: “I hereby challenge Governor Christie to a three-mile race, a push-up contest and a chin-up contest. Whatever he wants to bet, I have no doubt of the outcome,” he said. (In other words, I may be old, but at least I’m not fat.)

Take a look at the Hardball Sideshow for a full account of the spat, as well as one Republican Congressman’s excuse for skipping President Obama’s State of the Union next week.

Video: Sideshow: California to Texas: ‘Come at me, bro’

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    >>> ." governor's spat featuring the two big ones . texas and california . started when rick perry released a radio ad trying to lure california business owners to texas .

    >> building a business is tough, but i hear building a business in california is next to impossible. this is texas governor rick perry , and i have a message for california businesses. come check out texas .

    >> well, jerry brown , the governor of california , dubbed perry's $24,000 tv ad the smallest entry into the media market of california . i think it is. he also said this.

    >> it's not a burp. it's barely a fart.

    >> thank you.

    >> his word, not mine. it's not the first time jerry brown has taken it from a new kid on the block. last year chris christie told voters they picked a retread in brown.

    >> not as much hair. i've slowed down a bit but i ran three miles in 29 minutes two nights ago. i hereby challenge governor christie to a three mile race, push-up contest, and a chinup contest. i have no doubt of the outcome.

    >> well, next. ready to meet the assemblyman who missed the memo on how not to speak about gun control . while americans are eantitled to have strong opinions, there is also language that is inappropriate in any discussion. the supporters of gun control are doing something aikin to what hitler's germany did to strip citizens of guns in the run-up to the second world war . here's steve mclaughlin yesterday frustrated with how quickly the gun control bill was passed.

    >> we're told to shupt up and vote. that's what this is about. don't question it. just vote. that's the message here. hitler would be proud. mussolini would be proud of what we did here. but that's not democracy.

    >> there you have it. a few hours later he released a video apology calling his statement an honest mistake.

    >>> finally, republicans refusing to attend president obama 's state of the union address georgia congressman paul broun for example typically stays in his office hooked to his twitter account. where will steve pierce be during the address? his announcement yesterday, public hearing on the chicken is the same day of the state of the union. pearce will be attending a meeting on a chicken to the endangerered species list.

    >>> and their top staffers would rather forget. you're watching "hardball,"

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