Olympian Carl Lewis Back on Ballot in NJ Senate Race

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    Carl Lewis, a former track and field athlete

    A U.S. federal appeals court says that nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis should be allowed to run for a seat in the New Jersey state senate.

    The 2-1 ruling Tuesday could be the final word on a candidacy marked by legal questions about whether Lewis meets the requirement for state senators to have lived in New Jersey for four years before being elected.

    Lewis says the effort to keep him from running was political.

    He is seeking office as a Democrat in a Republican southern New Jersey district.

    Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, as secretary of state, had deemed him ineligible.

    Lewis grew up in Willingboro and settled in California and bought homes in New Jersey in 2005 and 2007. But he voted in California in 2009.