Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Joe Piscopo is considering running for governor of New Jersey, according to the New York Times.
"I'm very serious about it. I've never been more serious about anything in my life," Piscopo said.
New Jersey, Piscopo's home state, is one of two that will elect a new governor this year. Gov. Chris Christie ends his eight-year run with an approval rating tied for the lowest in the state's history, according to NJ.com.
His radio show, "The Joe Piscopo Show," focuses on conservative politics, while Piscopo campaigned for Donald Trump and said the president's win shows that someone with no political experience has a chance, he told The Times.
Trump allies such as chief of staff Reince Priebus and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani have encouraged Piscopo to run, The Times reported.
"Joe Piscopo obviously goes into this with a whole lot of name recognition. Whether this turns into actual approval and support among New Jersey residents and New Jersey voters, that's another story," according to Ashley Koning at the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers.
"The people of New Jersey are ticked off, and it's my home state that I have tremendous love for," Piscopo said Saturday on CNN's "Smerconish."
Piscopo said he aims to focus on bringing manufacturing to communities, reviving the state's pharmaceutical industry, and supporting unions, he said in the Times interview.
The comedian was a "Saturday Night Live" cast member in the 1980s, where he did impressions of Frank Sinatra and then-president Ronald Reagan. He has spent most of his life in the state. "I got so many kids, my joke is, in Jersey, I have a child at every exit. So it's like, jeez, I got to make sure I can afford to do this," he said in the Times interview.
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