TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey’s Supreme Court said it won’t weigh in on whether former Olympic star Carl Lewis is eligible to run for the state Senate.

The court denied certification for the case Friday, saying the key constitutional issue is already being litigated in federal court.

Lewis is running as a Democrat in southern New Jersey’s Republican-dominated 8th Legislative District.

New Jersey’s secretary of state, a Republican who is also the lieutenant governor, ruled last week that Lewis doesn’t meet a four-year residency requirement.

A series of court rulings have upheld that decision. But a federal appeals panel ruled Thursday that Lewis can be allowed on the ballot for the June 7 primary. A federal judge could still remove him from the general election ballot.

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  1. oscar says:

    Lewis is NOT eligable! He was NOT a resident for the time required to qualify for elective office. Of course we expect all you OBAMAITES to cry RACISM, and hope to influence the timid folk.

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