Breaking: Piscopo Makes His Move in NJ Gov’s Race

Actor-Comedian invites Kyrillos COS Tony Perry to his home in Western NJ

There was a time when Saturday Night Live had only two funny people in the cast. One was Eddie Murphy and the other was Joe Piscopo, who now wants to succeed Chris Christie as a Republican Governor of New Jersey. Piscopo, best known at the time for his Frank Sinatra impersonation, left SNL in 1984. His movies and television appearances never made him a household name but he did fight Chuck Norris and teach Star Trek TNG's Commander Data how to do stand up comedy. Why does he want to jump into politics now? He was inspired by Donald Trump. Piscopo, 65, gained fame as a member of the SNL cast, impersonating fellow Jersey native Sinatra as well as late-night host Dave Letterman. He also appeared in films and hosts a political talk radio show in New York and is a spokesman for the Boys and Girls Club. He says he would likely run as a Republican in 2017, but isn't ruling out jumping in as an independent after the June 6 primary. "I'm seriously looking at it," he said, promising to make a de

PolitickerNJ has learned that Comedian-Actor-Radio Host Joe Piscopo summoned Tony Perry to his residence in Hunterdon County last weekend. Perry is the Chief of Staff to State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown). Piscopo, the morning drive time host on AM970, became highly associated with the Garden State via his Paulie Herman character (“I’m from Jersey”) and Frank Sinatra impressions on Saturday Night Live. He has been frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for governor this year, either as a Republican or Independent.

According to a source in Monmouth County Republican politics, no specific political roles were discussed at the meeting, which took place Saturday at Piscopo’s spacious home in Lebanon Township. The source says that Perry is committed to serving the senator through his final year. As PolitickerNJ was first to report last October, the popular and respected state senator decided not to seek re-election after serving in Trenton for 30 years.

Reached this evening by PolitickerNJ, Perry would not comment.

The¬†Monmouth source says that Perry “sees the potential appeal of a Piscspo candidacy, [but] he also thinks it’s more than a little late in the game to launch things from scratch.”

Paul Ryan, Tony Perry, Joe Kyrillos and Tom MacArthur. Perry was summoned to Joe Piscopo’s house for a meeting in which the governor’s race was discussed. Tony Perry

Breaking: Piscopo Makes His Move in NJ Gov’s Race