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A congressional source says the former New York Giants linebacker would challenge five-term Republican Rep. Scott Garrett in a northern New Jersey district. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
The 58-year-old Carson says he's interested, but wouldn't immediately say any more. Carson is in Hawaii for a family vacation and said by telephone that he might be able to say more in the next week or two.
He says the trip gives him a chance to think about his future and whether he enters politics.
Since retiring in 1988, Carson has worked as a broadcaster, written two books and focused on concussions in sports.