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Shaq Talks to Christie About Gun Buybacks

March 26, 2013

Bob Jordan


This was definitely an odd couple.

Former National Basketball Association center Shaquille O'Neal stopped by the Statehouse Friday to visit Gov. Chris Christie in his office to discuss gun buyback programs.

Following their nearly hourlong visit, Newark native O'Neal and Christie emerged from his office and immediately attracted a throng of staff members and onlookers who busily snapped pictures and took videos with cellphones.

Christie smiled as he stood next to the towering former NBA great and commented that everyone felt short compared to O'Neal, who is 7-foot-1.

Later, Christie responded to a tweet from a Huffington Post reporter who said the governor and the 41-year-old O'Neal could remake the Danny DeVito-Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Twins," which played off the size difference between the two actors.

"Don't know if @DannyDeVito would approve," Christie wrote. DeVito, like Christie and O'Neal, is from New Jersey.

Christie said O'Neal came to visit because he wants to get involved in a gun buyback program.

Christie said Shaq "had good ideas."

"We'll do something with him," the governor said.

O'Neal has become increasingly active in his home state since retiring from basketball.

He is co-owner of a renovated, expanded theater in Newark that includes an auditorium with a 47-foot-wide screen.

Source: (c)2013 Asbury Park Press (Neptune, N.J.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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