Talk show host, former SNL cast member mulls run for NJ governor

New York City radio talk show host, Joe Piscopo, whose career path zigzagged from cast member of NBC variety show Saturday Night Live to Hollywood films and current role as host of “Piscopo In The Morning,” is contemplating a run for governor of New Jersey.

According to the New York Observer, Piscopo is “feeling out a run for governor next year.”

The Observer reported on Thursday Piscopo met with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Trenton, N.J., but did not reveal particulars of their conversation.

Describing his evolution as a politician in 2015 to Stony Brook University’s “In The Know”, the comedian, who transformed from a “lifelong Kennedy/Reagan Democrat” to a Republican, said the Democratic Party left him.

Paramount among his disapproval of Democratic rule is the willingness of the Party to permit inner city decay to prevail, or in Piscopo’s words:  “(Democratic administrations allowing) inner cities to crumble.”

Equally critical of the GOP, Piscopo admitted should he seek the Garden State’s governorship, he could run as an Independent.

“I left the party because the Democrats are totally messing it up. But listen, the Republicans are no better, don’t get me wrong.  I’m going to stay right down the middle. Socially, I lean left. Politically, I go right a little bit,” Piscopo said in 2015.

While speculation persists New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno may enter the Republican race to replace Christie, Democrat, former Goldman Sachs executive and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy has become the leading candidate following the withdrawal of Steve Sweeney, state Senate president and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.


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