Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Joe Piscopo announced Wednesday that he will not run to replace Republican Chris Christie as New Jersey's next governor.
The decision not to run as an independent candidate was made on his radio program in which he said he does not want to be a divider. Piscopo announced in March that if he were to enter the race he would not do so as a Republican and would run as an independent. Gov. Chris Christie, at the time, predicted defeat if Piscopo were to make such a move.
"The fact is independents don't win in this state," Christie said. "They simply don't, It seems to me that this is just an attempt by Mr. Piscopo to increase the ratings on his radio show. …I hope it does, for his sake."
Piscopo gained notoriety portraying Frank Sinatra on Saturday Night Live and currently hosts a radio program in New York City.
He has announced he will support Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno ahead of June's GOP primary.