TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended that Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis be allowed to run for state Senate in New Jersey, according to the Associated Press.

His nonbinding decision now goes to the secretary of state, who can adopt, modify or reject it by Thursday’s deadline.

Republicans challenged Lewis’ bid to run for office as a Democrat in the state’s 8th  Legislative District, claiming he had not lived in the state the required four years.

Judge John Schuster found that the challengers failed to prove that the nine-time medalist was not a resident.

Lewis has owned homes in his native state since 2005. He has a valid New Jersey driver’s license and is a volunteer track coach in New Jersey.

However, the 49-year-old voted in California until last year and has a town house and business there.

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