NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson, rumored to be interested in running for Congress in the 5th District, was non-committal when reached by phone Thursday.
The former Giants’ linebacker said he has not been approached by anyone to run for office, but answered “not that I can say right now,” when asked if he would consider a bid, adding “my door is always open for anything.”
Carson said he has not considered running in the past, but instead has focused his attention on charitable work.
“From my standpoint, I care about people,” he said. “I’ve been an advocate for a lot of different causes and quite frankly if I can make an impact in some way to help people in any walk of life, I’ll do whatever I can to help folks.”
Democrats are searching for a viable challenger in the 5th after Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman, whose home town of Fair Lawn was redistricted into the 5th district, decided on a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell in the 9th rather than challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett in November.