TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A former “Saturday Night Live” comedian won’t run as a Republican in New Jersey’s upcoming governor’s race, but says he’s “more serious than ever” about running as an independent.
Joe Piscopo was a longtime Democrat, until recently, and is now a Donald Trump supporter.
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.
Piscopo gained fame as a member of the “SNL” cast, impersonating fellow New Jersey native Frank Sinatra.
He also has appeared in films and hosts a political talk radio show in New York.
Experts say it’s a long shot to win as a third-party candidate in New Jersey.