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Governor Joe Piscopo? Comedian eyes run in New Jersey

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/10/2016 By MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press
Joe Piscopo sings an updated "New York, New York,"as "New Jersey, New Jersey" during an event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Famous for his SNL portrayal of Frank Sinatra, the actor, comedian and radio host is a potential candidate for governor in 2017 to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.(AP Photo/Mel Evans) © The Associated Press Joe Piscopo sings an updated "New York, New York,"as "New Jersey, New Jersey" during an event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Famous for his SNL portrayal of Frank Sinatra, the actor, comedian and radio host is a potential candidate for governor in 2017 to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Actor and comedian Joe Piscopo is serious when he says he's considering a run for New Jersey governor in 2017.

Actor, comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo, left, and New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, right, R-Union, N.J., have their photograph taken with a fan during a comedy event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Piscopo is serious when he says he's considering a run for New Jersey governor in 2017. He says he's been meeting with Republican county officials and lawmakers to feel out his prospects. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) © The Associated Press Actor, comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo, left, and New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, right, R-Union, N.J., have their photograph taken with a fan during a comedy event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Piscopo is serious when he says he's considering a run for New Jersey governor in 2017. He says he's been meeting with Republican county officials and lawmakers to feel out his prospects. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

He says he's been meeting with Republican county officials and lawmakers to feel out his prospects.

New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, left, R-Union, N.J., stands on stage with actor, comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo during a comedy event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Piscopo is serious when he says he's considering a run for New Jersey governor in 2017. He says he's been meeting with Republican county officials and lawmakers to feel out his prospects. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) © The Associated Press New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, left, R-Union, N.J., stands on stage with actor, comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo during a comedy event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Piscopo is serious when he says he's considering a run for New Jersey governor in 2017. He says he's been meeting with Republican county officials and lawmakers to feel out his prospects. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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.

Joe Piscopo sings an updated "New York, New York," during an event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Famous for his SNL portrayal of Frank Sinatra, the actor, comedian and radio host is a potential candidate for governor in 2017 to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.(AP Photo/Mel Evans) © The Associated Press Joe Piscopo sings an updated "New York, New York," during an event to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America at the Stress Factory Comedy Club Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. Famous for his SNL portrayal of Frank Sinatra, the actor, comedian and radio host is a potential candidate for governor in 2017 to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Piscopo has never campaigned for or held office, but considered running in 2004, telling CNN that he loved the state enough to run, though he never did.

A Donald Trump supporter, Piscopo says he feels emboldened to consider his own run because of the Republican's success.

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