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Olympic great Carl Lewis to run for state Senate in New Jersey

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Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is set to announce a run for a state Senate seat in New Jersey.

The Star-Ledger reports that Lewis will run in the 8th legislative district against a Republican incumbent. The Burlington County district skews Republican, but Democratic leaders believe having a famous athlete as a candidate could swing the election.

NFL player Jon Runyan recently won a congressional seat in the same area.

Between 1984 and 1996, Carl Lewis won nine gold medals, including a historic four at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. During those boycotted Olympics, Lewis completed a sweep of the sprints (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay) and long jump, duplicating Jesse Owens' feat from 1936. The Alabama native was also drafted by the NBA's Chicago Bulls and NFL's Dallas Cowboys, but never played in either league.

This would be his first political campaign.

Carl Lewis is a man of extremes. When he's good at something, like sprinting or jumping, he's the best in the world. When he's not good at something, like singing or throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game, his awfulness is astonishing.

For example, here's Lewis winning the gold medal and setting a world record at the 1991 world championships:

{YSP:more}And here he is singing the national anthem at an NBA game:

For all our sakes, let's hope Carl Lewis governs like he runs and jumps, not like he sings and throws.

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