Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal appears at a Louisiana State University football game in Baton Rouge, La. on September 10, 2011.
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Slam dunk for Chris Christie: An endorsement from Shaq

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Gov. Chris Christie got a slam dunk of an endorsement on Sunday when Newark, N.J.-born basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal announced his support for the Republican governor’s re-election.

“I don’t endorse many politicians,” Shaq said. “But Chris Christie is different.”

Shaq praised the governor in a YouTube video, commending him for job creation and education funding, before flashing an silhouetted image of Christie at the shoreline, harkening back to Christie’s famous hands-on response to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The endorsement comes just days before both the NBA basketball season begins and the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. 

Shaq’s in no danger of swaying the race—Christie leads Democratic challenger Barbara Buono by 29 points in the latest Quinnipiac poll.

Slam dunk for Chris Christie: An endorsement from Shaq

Updated