Olympic champion to sprint for New Jersey Senate seat
April 11th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
7 years ago

Olympic champion to sprint for New Jersey Senate seat

Washington (CNN)– Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner, Carl Lewis is expected to announce on Monday his candidacy for a New Jersey state Senate seat in the 8th Legislative District.

The track and field runner has scheduled a press conference in Mount Holly, New Jersey, Monday afternoon to speak about his political plans.

Garden State Democrats have been wooing Lewis, a resident of Medford, New Jersey, to put his name on the Democratic ballot against Republican state Sen. Dawn Addiego, in the Republican-leaning Burlington county. Both houses are currently controlled by Democrats.

Lewis's potential candidacy was first reported on Friday by The Star-Ledger.

This will be the 49-year old track legend's first time vying for a political seat.

The running star won four gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, two golds for the long jump and 100-meter 1988 in Seoul, two more at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and one gold for the long jump at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Lewis is the third athlete leaping into the political sphere in Burlington County in recent years. Former Philadelphia Eagle lineman Jon Runyan, was elected into office last year and former NHL player, Brian Propp, ran an unsuccessful campaign for a 7th District Assembly seat in 2007.

New Jersey legislative candidates have until Monday at 4 p.m. to file their petitions.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    This is a young man with some brains. He is also experienced at playing the role of an "ambassodor" representing the United States. There's not an insignificant amount of politics in international sports, especially the Olympic and amatuer sports.

    During the Cold War, athletic competitions were viewed as a test to see which system could produce the better human specimen. It carried over into every field you can think of. It was not just limited to sciences and technology.

    April 11, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. The Situation

    As long as Carl doesn't sing again, then all is good!

    April 11, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be interest to see him run. What would he tell voters about his plans on being in the state Senate? I don't challenge his right to run or that he should be in the state Senate, but he needs to be aware of what he is going to tell voters. How would he stand up to Christie if he doesn't like the the governor's position.

    April 11, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Republican Robber Baron

    Seems like a good fit. He was an amazing athlete for many many years and seems like he also has some great people skills.
    We need more people in government that can unite and inspire people....vs the Republican way of dividing and making people live in fear of the government. The government is ours...show some personal responsibility , contribute...or shut-up if you have nothing to offer society.

    April 11, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Cosmo

    What has he been doint the last fifteen years that would qualify him to hold public office?

    April 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |