By Seema Mehta
April 28, 2014, 3:48 p.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Monday seized on Toyota’s decision to move 3,000 jobs from Torrance to Texas as evidence of California’s poor business climate and to lash out at Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Today’s announcement is just the latest consequence of‎ Gov. Brown’s continued failure to support California job creators — and middle-class workers are the ones whose livelihoods will be devastated as a result,” Neel Kashkari said in a statement. “I’m running for governor to fight for those Californians, and that begins by unleashing the private sector to create good jobs.”

Kashkari’s main GOP rival in the June primary election, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, also blamed the incumbent for Toyota’s decision to move its headquarters to Plano, Texas.

“I’m fighting to protect the jobs — like the [thousands of] Toyota jobs that Jerry Brown drove to Texas,” Donnelly said.

‎Attempts to reach Brown’s campaign spokesman were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.

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