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Monday, December 12, 2016

Joe Piscopo isn't joking about running for NJ gov

Comedian Joe Piscopo, known for his Frank Sinatra impression from his days on "Saturday Night Live," is thinking about running for New Jersey's governor slot on the Republican ticket. He is hoping to succeed incumbent Gov. Chris "Pass-the-Pudding" Christie in 2018 when his term ends.

He isn't joking, the 65-year-old Piscopo said.

Piscopo performed an updated song taken from Sinatra's "New York, New York," and changed some of the lyrics: "my New York and Philly blues are melting away," for example. 

He gained his start on "SNL" impersonating Sinatra and David Letterman. He has also appeared in films and now hosts a politically-oriented talk show in New York. 

Now he will have to learn the Al Franken impersonation if he gets into politics. Franken, you might recall, was a low-talent "comedian" who became a Senator for Minnesota. He wasn't much of a comedian, and now he isn't much of a senator.

Piscopo never held office nor campaigned for office, but he seems serious about running. "I'm seriously looking at it," he said, promising to decide by January. "I love the people. I love the state. I know what has to be done."

Maybe he figures if Al Franken can be elected, he has a very good chance as well.