Carl Lewis Moves Ahead With Appeals For New Jersey Senate Race

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is trying to get back into the race for a New Jersey state Senate seat.

Last week, Republican Secretary of State Kim Guadagno ruled the Democratic former track star isn’t eligible to run in the 8th legislative district because he hasn’t lived in New Jersey the last four years.

Lewis grew up in Willingboro and testified he now lives in Medford. However, he attended college in Texas and owns a home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and a business in Los Angeles.

State and federal courts have agreed with Guadagno’s ruling. Lewis appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to take oral arguments on the case in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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  • PO'd

    Democrates are such big cry babies. They have no regard for any rules that are in place. Remember Grandpa Lautenberg? Miss the deadline by 8 days….went to court and won. Rules simply do not apply to them. Carl Lewis did not meet the qualifications. So in order to get what they want, they go to court. They have gone twice and lost. And yet they insist all this is for the people. ITS NOT ! ITS FOR THEIR POLITICAL BASE. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

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