Carl Lewis Can Run in NJ Primary After All

Thursday, May 5, 2011  |  Updated 3:30 PM EDT
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Carl Lewis Can Run in NJ Primary After All

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Carl Lewis, a former track and field champion, can now run in the primary for New Jersey state Senate.

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Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis can be on the ballot for a New Jersey state Senate primary after all.

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Thursday that the ballots should be printed with his name.

New Jersey's top election official -- a Republican -- had said the Democratic political novice was not eligible to run because he didn't meet a state residency requirement.

Lewis and his lawyers say the decision was purely partisan.

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