Olympian Carl Lewis Seeks Ruling on NJ Candidacy

By Angela Delli Santi
|  Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 7:54 AM EDT
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Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis is trying to stay in the race for state Senate in New Jersey.     

The 50-year-old will be back in federal court Friday, after New Jersey's chief elections official didn't certify him as a candidate in the November election.     

Lewis wants to run as a Democrat in the 8th legislative district. Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno says he does not meet the state's four-year residency requirement.     

Lewis believes Gov. Chris Christie is orchestrating the party's effort to keep him off the ballot.     

Christie says the track icon should have been a resident for four years before declaring his candidacy.     

Lewis grew up in New Jersey. He maintains homes here and in California. He voted there through 2009.               

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