Lewis moves ahead with appeals for NJ Senate race

Updated: May 3, 2011, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. -- Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is trying to get back into the race for a New Jersey state Senate seat.

Republican Secretary of State Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAHN'-oh) last week ruled the Democratic former track star isn't eligible to run in the 8th legislative district because he hasn't lived in New Jersey the last four years.

Lewis grew up in Willingboro and testified he now lives in Medford. But he attended college in Texas and owns a home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and a business in Los Angeles.

State and federal courts have agreed with Guadagno's ruling. Lewis appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to take oral arguments on the case in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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