This isn't your run-of-the-mill political endorsement -- basketball star and Newark, New Jersey native Shaquille O'Neal is backing Governor Chris Christie's re-election bid.

Shaq is featured in a 30-second spot, saying, "Governor Christie’s provided more funding for schools, given parents more choices in what schools their kids can go to, and merit pay for good teachers."

According to The Daily Beast, the two met last March and talked about how Shaq can help with the state's ongoing gun buyback program. The endorsement comes less than two weeks before the November 5th election, in which Christie already enjoys a substantial lead over  Democrat Barbara Buono, according to polls.