TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he’ll campaign for state Senate in New Jersey while his lawyers fight to have his name put back on the ballot.

New Jersey’s top election official, Republican Kim Guadagno, ruled Tuesday that Lewis is ineligible to run as a Democrat. She says he failed to meet the state’s four-year residency requirement for candidates.

The 49-year-old former track star owns homes in New Jersey and California. He says he’s confident his name will be on the June primary ballot.

Lewis’ lawyer filed suit in federal court alleging that the residency rule is unconstitutional and that the New Jersey native’s civil rights have been violated.

Lawyer Bill Tambussi says an appeal of Guadagno’s decision will be filed with the state Appellate Division on Wednesday.

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Comments (2)
  1. Virginia Hamm says:

    As if we didn’t have bigger issues to tackle in New Jersey. Let him run! And let the PEOPLE choose who they want to represent them, not the lieutenant governor…

  2. peter lekerian says:

    Yes he should be allowed to run as any American.
    Let him exercise his democratic right.
    As in the track he could be so good in politics and that would take the American nation to greater lengths.
    In the political arena i am sure he would beat his opponents the old style.
    He has always been fast and will be even faster this time.
    Who can beat Carl Lewis go, go Carl Lewis.

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