Shaq’s got Chris Christie’s back: ‘He’s a great man’ [VIDEO]

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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Dr. Shaquille O’Neal is urging New Jerseyans to support Chris Christie re-election effort.

The Republican governor’s campaign released a YouTube ad Sunday featuring the Newark-born doctor of education’s endorsement.

O’Neal’s support comes at a pivotal time for Christie. With just over a week to go before Election Day, Christie only leads his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, by 26.4 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. A Shaq surge could help Christie earn an electoral obliteration of his opponent, instead of merely a humiliating trouncing.

Besides his academic pursuits, O’Neal is also known in some quarters for his career as a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association and for his starring role in the 1996 cinematic classic, “Kazaam.”

WATCH: Shaq’s endorsement of Christie 

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