Shared from the 2017-03-22 Chattanooga eEdition

Piscopo eyes run for N.J. governor



Actor, comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo, right, and New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, participate in a comedy fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of America in 2016.

TRENTON, N.J. — Joe Piscopo won’t run as a Republican in New Jersey’s upcoming governor’s race, but the comedian best known for his Frank Sinatra impression on “Saturday Night Live” said he is “more serious” than ever about joining the field as an independent.

Piscopo was a longtime Democrat who recently became a backer of Republican President Donald Trump. His potential candidacy to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie has been a constant question mark in New Jersey, which along with Virginia is one of only two governor’s races in the U.S. this year.

The news the radio host is skipping the Republican primary and leaving the party to become an independent comes ahead of a pending registration deadline and sets him up for a long-shot third-party bid.

“I am more serious about this than ever before. We’re coming up with initiatives. It’s all working out,” he said.

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