- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is planning to run for the New Jersey Senate, according to a state Democratic Party official, who said Mr. Lewis will announce his candidacy Monday.

Mr. Lewis has called a 2 p.m. news conference in Burlington County to announce his “political plans.” His advisory, issued Sunday night, contained no specific details.

However, a party official speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to upstage the 49-year-old Mr. Lewis said the civic activist and four-time medalist plans to run in the 8th Legislative District.

The seat is now held by Sen. Dawn Addiego, a Republican..

Monday is the filing deadline for anyone who wants to run for the New Jersey Legislature, both houses of which are controlled by Democrats. All 120 seats of the Senate and Assembly will be on November’s ballot.