SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – Despite the challenges – everything from the state’s fiscal crisis to partisan gridlock – Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys being governor of California.

“I thought it’d be interesting, intellectually challenging, and it is,” he said in an interview on KCBS’ In Depth. “I enjoy it. I enjoy the campaigning, but I also like grappling with problems that in California are reflective of a larger crisis, not only in America but in western society. We’re facing new challenges. But I can’t think of a more exciting time to be a live and to confront them.”

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Brown said he likes the challenge of bringing people together to try to solve problems.

“We’re just divided as a people. And I would say this is not something that’s trivial. We’re a world power but we’re divided at our heart and if we can’t find a greater all-encompassing common core, I think we’re going to have some difficulties.”

His goal: to find common ground with political foes.

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“I see that as my job as governor, to bring people together. To find those openings. We found it in worker’s compensation, we found it on timber reform, and we’ll find it in other areas. So I’m looking forward to another two years of another very challenging period here. But it’s not easy to get opposites to connect.”

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