Carl Lewis enters race for N.J. Statehouse

Olympic champion Carl Lewis announces his candidacy for the Democratic State Senate race in New Jersey's ninth District. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis announced Monday he will run for the New Jersey Senate.

  Lewis becomes Burlington County's third athlete-turned-politician in recent years. His announcement had been rumored in the region in the last few days. In addition, nominating petitions were circulated on his behalf over the weekend.

Lewis is taking on Republican State Sen. Dawn Addiego for the Senate seat that covers the solidly Republican east side of Burlington County.

Last year, former Eagle Jon Runyan, a Republican, won a seat that covers much of Burlington and Ocean counties. In 2007, former Flyer Brian Propp ran for an Assembly seat as a Republican and lost.