Jewish World Review Oct. 2, 2002 / 26 Tishrei, 5763
New Jersey Democrats launch write-in
campaign for Joe Piscopo
Move indicates lack of enthusiasm for Lautenberg, insiders say
New Jersey Democrats today launched an aggressive campaign to write in the
name of former "Saturday Night Live" comedian/bodybuilder Joe Piscopo on the
November ballot in the place of Senator Robert Torricelli, who bowed out of the race
The move to write in the Passaic-born Piscopo was taken by some to reflect a tepid
reaction to the party's official choice to replace Torricelli, former Senator Frank
"It's safe to say that if the party rank and file were truly excited about Lautenberg,
there wouldn't be all of this talk about Piscopo," said one leading Democratic
Mr. Piscopo, whose recent movie career has included such films as "Captain Nuke
and the Bomber Boys," said he was surprised when he received a call today telling
him about the write-in bid.
"My phone doesn't ring that much," Mr. Piscopo said.
Even as support builds for a Piscopo for Senate campaign, the comedian's
supporters face a stiff challenge from yet another group of renegade Democrats
who are urging voters to write in the name of former New Jersey Nets star Jayson
The enthusiasm swirling around Mr. Williams struck many as yet another sign of a
lack of enthusiasm for Mr. Lautenberg, since Mr. Williams is currently awaiting trial
for killing a limo driver with a shotgun.
In Trenton, Governor James McGreevey attempted to nip both the Joe Piscopo and
Jayson Williams candidacies in the bud.
"It is time for all New Jersey Democrats to unite and pretend to be excited about
Frank Lautenberg," Governor McGreevey said.
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