State Ruling Trips Up Carl Lewis Candidacy

April 27, 2011  |  

(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.

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