(Julio Cortez / AP)

“You get to the point where you feel like you've kind of reached an end of what you can do," Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, said in Mount Holly, N.J.

“When I run, as you see from my record, I run to win,” said Lewis. (“Born to Run” might make a nice campaign song.)

He faces an uphill battle as a Democratic candidate in a heavily Republican area, wasn’t talking platforms or specifics yet but did say he was interested in education and in bringing civility to the state Senate.

“The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies,” he said.

Fine. Just don’t let him sing the national anthem.

“This is a race Republicans are walking into with a 20-point advantage,” Monmouth University polling director Patrick Murray told the Inquirer. “I start out somewhat skeptical, since we've not heard about Carl Lewis being politically active before.”