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Piscopo Plans to Run as Independent

Guadagno won the Monmouth GOP line.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
March 20, 2017, 11:18 a.m.

Comedi­an Joe Pis­copo “has de­cided he will not run for New Jer­sey gov­ernor as a Re­pub­lic­an and in­stead is plan­ning to de­clare he will jump in­to the race … as an in­de­pend­ent can­did­ate. … Pis­copo made his de­cision be­cause he did not be­gin the pro­cess of run­ning early enough to run as a Re­pub­lic­an. … Pis­copo was also un­will­ing to give up host­ing his morn­ing ra­dio show … dur­ing the primary sea­son. … Be­cause the fil­ing dead­line for in­de­pend­ents isn’t un­til June 6, Pis­copo would buy him­self an ex­tra eight weeks on the show.”

“Opin­ions dif­fer among Re­pub­lic­an county chairs as to which ma­jor party can­did­ate he would hurt the most. … At a meet­ing last Decem­ber, Ber­gen County GOP chair­man Paul DiGaetano and long­time Pis­copo friend said he warned him against run­ning out­side the two-party sys­tem,” which would “‘likely cause the Demo­crat to win.’ But oth­er GOP county chairs aren’t so sure about that. Hud­son County Re­pub­lic­an chair­man Jose Arango notes that as a former Demo­crat, Pis­copo would likely over-per­form in areas where Demo­crats tend to do bet­ter, hurt­ing the even­tu­al Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee.” (NJ Ad­vance Me­dia)

“Pis­copo pre­dicted doom for any Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee in the fall con­test.”

Pis­copo: “A Re­pub­lic­an, even if it was me, prob­ably won’t win the elec­tion. … There is no way a Re­pub­lic­an can win in New Jer­sey. I think an in­de­pend­ent has a bet­ter chance to win.’’ (Ber­gen Re­cord)

MON(MOUTH)UMENT­AL. “The Mon­mouth County Re­pub­lic­an Party voted at their con­ven­tion Sat­urday to en­dorse” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R). “Guadagno, who lives in Mon­mouth Beach and served as Mon­mouth County’s first fe­male sher­iff from 2008-2010, now has the of­fi­cial Re­pub­lic­an Party line or slo­gan in three of the four most Re­pub­lic­an counties in New Jer­sey.” (re­lease)

“The full Bur­l­ing­ton County Re­pub­lic­an Com­mit­tee won’t de­cide which GOP gubernat­ori­al can­did­ate it will award its coveted ‘party line’ bal­lot spot un­til Monday, but As­sembly­man Jack Ci­at­tarelli (R) ap­pears to have the in­side track.” (Bur­l­ing­ton County Times)

UP­DATED TALLY. Former Am­bas­sad­or to Ger­many Phil Murphy (D) “has donated at least $1.15 mil­lion to state and loc­al Demo­crat­ic or­gan­iz­a­tions and can­did­ates since 2001. … More than 40 per­cent of that money — about $466,000 — was shelled out over the past three years.” (NJ Ad­vance Me­dia)

HOW ABOUT (GUAD­AG)NO. The Ne­wark Star-Ledger wrote an ed­it­or­i­al blast­ing Guadagno’s pro­pos­al for an elec­ted at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

The ed­it­or­i­al: “Far from be­com­ing a check on cor­rup­tion, elect­ing At­tor­neys Gen­er­al makes them sub­ject to the same forces that cor­rupt politi­cians. There’s no evid­ence that this de­ters bad be­ha­vi­or. From what we’ve seen, it only fur­ther in­centiv­izes it.” (NJ Ad­vance Me­dia)

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