In the NJ gubernatorial race, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the GOP nominee believes in standing for the National Anthem. Former Goldman Sachs banker Phil Murphy, the Democrat, applauds the NFL players who are taking a knee during the patriotic opening ceremonies of their games.
“As the mother of an Air Force pilot, I believe this is a no-brainer. When that national anthem comes on, no matter who you are or what issues you may have, you should stand and salute our flag. Our anthem should and must stay above the partisan political fray,” said Guadagno on Facebook.
“I take my hat off to the players who stood tall and exercised their First Amendment rights,” Murphy said, according to Politico during an event where he received the endorsement of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal .“You can both be a patriot and also say, ‘you know what, I have a right to speak my own mind.’ I give them credit.”
O’Neal, a Newark native, endorsed Chris Christie for governor in 2013.