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(New York Times) — A federal appeals court ordered on Tuesday that Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic gold medalist, be returned to the ballot in a New Jersey State Senate election. The decision was possibly the final word over whether Mr. Lewis, a political newcomer, would meet a four-year residency requirement for state senators. A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia put Mr. Lewis, a Democrat, back on the ballot with a 2-to-1 ruling issued less than five hours after it heard arguments. The court said a full opinion would be filed later. But after months of legal hair-splitting on exactly when Mr. Lewis became a New Jersey resident, the court seemed to indicate that that issue was not the heart of the case. Instead, it said, “the state has failed to demonstrate a compelling state interest” for leaving him off the ballot.
(Time) — Track and field legend Carl Lewis finally found a court willing to help him get into the race for the New Jersey state Senate — but there’s a chance his run will be fleeting. A three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Lewis’ name should be included when the ballots are printed for the 8th Legislative District Democratic state Senate primary. While the three-judge panel granted that emergency request, it didn’t make a final ruling on whether he’s eligible for office. Lewis’ lawyer, William Tambussi, said that under the ruling, “the voters, not a partisan elected official, will decide who should be the state senator in the 8th Legislative District.”
(Wall Street Journal) — Olympic track star Carl Lewis hit a hurdle in his fledgling political career Tuesday after the New Jersey secretary of state ruled he hasn’t lived in the state long enough to qualify for the ballot. In her decision, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno—who is also the Republican administration’s secretary of state—said Mr. Lewis, a Democrat, can’t run for state senator because he will not have lived in New Jersey for four years by the Nov. 8 election. The decision, which drew partisan criticism, overturned a state judge’s earlier ruling that Mr. Lewis was clear to run. “The judge’s ‘conclusion,’ which can be fairly characterized as an abdication of his adjudicatory responsibilities, provided the Secretary with little, if any, guidance to accord proper resolution of this case,” she said in her decision. Mr. Lewis will appeal in court on Wednesday and has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Ms. Guadagno, his lawyer Bill Tambussi said.
(AP) — Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he’ll run again – for New Jersey Senate. The 49-year-old Willingboro, N.J., native announced his bid on Monday. ”When I run – as you see from my record – I run to win,” Lewis said outside a historic courthouse in his home county, where he announced his candidacy with his mother and other family members standing nearby. Lewis said he hopes to inspire people, encourage communities to get together and improve educational opportunities, particularly physical education, for children. He said he’ll announce a specific issue-based platform in coming days. This is his first bid for elected office. In fact, he said he had registered to vote earlier in the day but said he had been registered previously in California and Texas, two states he has recently lived in. Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals and is considered among the best track and field athletes of all time.