Radio host Joe Piscopo wouldn’t rule out a run to challenge Gov. Phil Murphy when asked about the prospect by Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano Monday, but that’s no guarantee that he’ll actually make a run at public office.
“I may go — you know what, It’s a matter of duty, it’s a matter of purpose, and somebody’s got to save the state,” Piscopo said. “You cannot continue with these progressive, socialist, broad-stroke agendas. What about property taxes? What about the inner cities? What about helping the citizens of the state of New Jersey?”
The exchange was first reported by Save Jersey.
This isn’t the first time the former Saturday Night Live actor has floated a run at public office. He considered mounting an independent run in 2017 but backed off and endorsed former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in April that year.
To some Republicans, Piscopo’s very public flirtation with campaigning is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
“Guys like Joe Piscopo, they make their living off being relevant, and there’s no better free press than flirting with public candidacy. You see it all the time,” a Republican operative told the New Jersey Globe. “My opinion is that that’s what he’s doing — he has no intention of actually running for governor, but we’ll see. Who knows.”