03/02/2011 12:49 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

California Budget: Jerry Brown Warns 'We're Going To Have To Deal With Pensions'

Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of police chiefs Tuesday that curbs on their pensions may be needed to solve the state's long-term budget crisis.

"I didn't take my retirement at 50," the 72-year-old governor told the California Police Chiefs Assn. in Anaheim. "In fact, if you want to stabilize this pension system, we need a lot more people working until they're 72."

His comments elicited some uneasy laughter.