NJ Politics Digest: Piscopo Already Staking Out Gubernatorial Turf

Joe Piscopo, actor and comedian, looks on outside of City Hall during a press conference and rally in support of the Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan, August 24, 2017 in New York City.

Joe Piscopo, actor and comedian, looks on outside of City Hall during a press conference and rally in support of the Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan, August 24, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Comedian turned talk show host Joe Piscopo never pulled the trigger on a possible gubernatorial run in 2017, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to toy with the idea.

Fox News Insider reports that Piscopo said, “someone’s gotta save the state,” when asked about a possible gubernatorial run, citing the ongoing problem of crushing property taxes, as well as over regulation and Gov. Phil Murphy’s progressive agenda.

“You cannot afford it anymore, and you cannot take an ideological approach to politics in the state of New Jersey or, I think, the state of New York or in California,” Piscopo said.

“It’s a matter of duty and purpose and somebody has to save the state. You cannot continue with these liberal, broad stroke agendas,” Piscopo said, also talking about New Jersey’s ongoing problem with large number of residents fleeing the state.

Piscopo had considered running as an independent in 2017, but later endorsed Republican candidate Kim Guadagno. He did not say if he would seek the party’s nomination in a future race.

An alum of “Saturday Night Live,” Piscopo now hosts The Joe Piscopo Morning Show on AM970 out of Hackensack.

Quote of the Day: “If you keep it in front of people, then they’re going to start talking about it, and then it’s going to require a fix.” — Senate President Steve Sweeney, on town hall meetings he is holding on the need to address the state’s dire financial situation.

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