Shaq backs Democrat Phil Murphy for governor

Posted: Updated:
NEWARK -

New Jersey native and former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has endorsed Democrat Phil Murphy to be New Jersey’s next governor.

O’Neal and Murphy appeared at a fundraiser event in Newark Monday.

O’Neal previously endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie during the governor’s 2013 re-election campaign, calling the governor a "great man." He also appeared in an ad for Christie.

Republican candidate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno met with voters in Morristown Monday.  She took to Twitter to criticize Murphy.

"The only promise Phil Murphy intends on keeping is raising taxes,” she posted, along with an attack advertisement.

Guadagno says that raising taxes will drive businesses out of New Jersey.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."