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NJ governor campaigns in Connecticut for McMahon

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited Stamford, Glastonbury and Waterbury to endorse Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon and influence independents to vote for her while she ran a new commercial supporting the current Democratic president.

Former CEO of WWE McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Connecticut has not had a Republican senator in more than 30 years.

Christie is popular with independent voters in his home state and now he is hoping his visit will help McMahon win over those undecided voters. Independent voters are the largest voting block in Connecticut and could decide the election.

"I could tell you all these great things about Linda McMahon," he said.

A new poll conducted by University of Connecticut and Hartford Courant shows that 44 percent of likely voters support Murphy, compared to 38 percent who would back McMahon. According to the poll, 17 percent are still undecided.

The poll, which has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, was released Thursday and was conducted with 574 likely voters.

McMahon also has a new ad running on television where she pitches a split ticket to voters. In the ad, she is asking voters who support Obama to also support her.

"Linda absolutely supports Gov. Romney," said McMahon Campaign Manager Corry Bliss. "There are thousands of Democrats that are going to be supporting Linda because of her middle class tax cut."

On Sunday, Murphy is bringing in Bill Clinton to help boost his campaign. He thinks McMahon's recent ad is more than hypocritical.

"Linda McMahon does not agree with President Obama on anything. She will fight on healthcare, the environment. She will fight him on taxes. She will fight him on Social Security," Murphy said. "The ad is a lie from start to finish."

However, though Christie is popular with independent voters, some people said his visit will not determine their vote.

"I base my decision on other things," said Bernice Gagliardi, who is a registered independent.

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