Comedian Joe Piscopo mulls possible run for New Jersey governor

Joe Piscopo says he is considering a run for governor of New Jersey.

Joe Piscopo says he is considering a run for governor of New Jersey. (3/17/17)

NEW YORK - Actor, comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo says that he is thinking about running for governor of New Jersey in the 2018 election.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll shows Piscopo to be one of the two Republican front-runners for the office and he hasn’t even declared that he is running. He says that he is considering running as an independent.

“My inclination is to wait a little bit, and it may take me out of the party races on the Democrat and Republican side,” he says. “Maybe as an independent, you do have more freedom.”

Piscopo campaigned for President Donald Trump. He says that state legislators are off track with the Trump-aimed bills they have been passing in New Jersey.

“Anti-Trump this, anti-Trump that. Take care of my taxes,” he says.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum currently has a radio show at 6 a.m. every day on 970 AM in New York. If he runs for office, he says that he wants to take on property tax reform and cut through government bureaucracy, such as privatizing the roads and other assets.

An official declaration would need to happen before the June deadline to obtain enough signatures to officially join the race.

“I can see the ads now: ‘Joe Piscopo: What did he do in the ‘80s?” he says.

Piscopo says he does have an announcement rollout planned in the event that he finally decides to run. He has not held public office before.

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