Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis could be dashing headlong into New Jersey politics.
The Star Spangled sprinter and long jumper who won nine gold medals emailed an advisory to reporters Monday saying he would “make an announcement regarding his political plans” on the courthouse steps in Mt. Holly, N.J., near where he lives.
The 49-year-old athlete turned civic activist has never run for office and his famously aloof personality would make him an unlikely politician in a state where a premium is placed on glad-handing voters.
But local Democrats think Lewis is a winner and have urged him to take on State Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) in the 8th Legislative District. He faces an uphill battle – the district leans Republican.