Ten Athletes, Ten Political Endorsements: Contextualizing the Shaq-Christie Alliance


Bobby Valentine

The former New York Mets head coach backed the 2000 Republican presidential candidacy of George W. Bush.

Outcome: Bush won.

Curt Schilling

Following the Red Sox’s historic World Series victory, U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-NJ) from Boston tried to grab some pixie dust, but the pitching ace urged voters to back Bush.

Outcome: Bush defeated Kerry.

Bernard Hopkins

Boxing’s “resident living legend,” according to ESPN, tried to boost the 2010 campaign of Trenton mayoral campaign Paul Pintella, the city council president.

Outcome: Pintella got run over by Tony Mack, Eric Jackson and Manny Segura.

Larry Holmes

Arguably the most underrated champion in heavyweight history, Holmes endorsed Felix Roque in the 2011 West New York mayor’s race.

Outcome: Roque defeated incumbent Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega.

Carl Lewis

Arguably the greatest Olympian of all time announced his own endorsement of his own candidacy for the state senate against incumbent Republican state Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-8).

Outcome: Failing to prove his NJ residency, Lewis didn’t make the finish line.

Victor Cruz

In a very implied gesture of “Patersonians stick with Patersonians,” the Superbowl winning New York Giant posed for pictures with U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell during Pascrell’s CD9 showdown with U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman.

Outcome: Pascrell defeated Rothman behind a huge show of Paterson votes.

Bill Bradley

The former New York Knickerbocker (and U.S. Senator from New Jersey) endorsed Cory Booker for U.S. Senate in the 2012 Special Election Democratic Primary.

Outcome: Booker won.

 Jon Runyan

The former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman (now a U.S. Congressman) backed the U.S. Senate candidacy of movement conservative Steve Lonegan.

Outcome: Lonegan defeated Alieta Eck in the GOp Primary and then lost to Booker in the General.

Eli Manning

The New York Giants quarterback, a resident of Hoboken, endorsed the 2013 re-election of incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Outcome: Unknown.

Shaquille O’Neal

The human dunking machine from Newark issued a resounding endorsement of incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie in a television ad released by the Christie Campaign.

Outcome: To be Decided Nov. 5th.

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