‘SNL’ alum Joe Piscopo won’t run for New Jersey governor

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 3: Comedian Joe Piscopo serves as master of ceremonies for the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the New Jersey Devils' new home, the Newark Arena, October 3, 2005 in Newark, New Jersey. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2007. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) _ Former “Saturday Night Live” comedian and Donald Trump backer Joe Piscopo says he will not be launching an independent campaign to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Piscopo announced the decision on Wednesday during his radio show. He says he doesn’t want to be a divider.

He brought Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on stage to endorse her ahead of next month’s Republican primary.

Piscopo gained fame as a member of the “SNL” cast in the early 1980s, impersonating fellow New Jersey native Frank Sinatra. He also appeared in films, hosts a political talk radio show in New York and is a spokesman for the Boys and Girls Club.

Not since the 19th century has New Jersey elected anyone other than a top-party candidate.