Running an hour and a half behind schedule, Gov. Chris Christie bounded onto a stage in Stamford, CT, this afternoon to support the U.S. Senate candidacy of Republican Linda McMahon.
McMahon is in a close race against Democratic House member, Chris Murphy for the senate seat being vacated by retiring senator Joe Lieberman.
Said Christie, “You’re going to hear a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff in the next two weeks … [that] a Republican can’t win in a blue state. Well, I’m here as living proof.”
McMahon is a former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She calls her opponent a career politician and promises to bring her business acumen to Washington.
“We have to stop spending more than we make, we know that we’re heading towards a fiscal cliff at the end of this year and we have to make changes,” said McMahon.
Her supporters were eager to hear from New Jersey’s governor.
“I love him. I think he’s awesome, he’s inspirational. I loved his speech at the convention,” said Julie Rovitch of Riverside, CT.
“I think he’s a fantastic governor,” said Guilford resident Peter Goletz. “He is the first person that speaks the way it should be spoken. Most politicians talk in circles.”
Christie touted the bipartisanship which he says he’s brought to Trenton and ratcheted up the attack on the Democrat, Murphy.
“He might as well be Nancy Pelosi’s butler,” said Christie who called Murphy a “straight-line partisan Democrat.”
Christie has two more stops with Linda McMahon here in Connecticut this afternoon in Waterbury and Glastonbury. With luck, he’ll be home in Morris County, in time to watch the third and last presidential debate.
Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron files this report from Stamford.