Judge recommends Carl Lewis can stay in NJ Senate race

Olympian Carl Lewis, a Democrat, should be allowed to remain a candidate for the New Jersey State Senate, an administrative law judge recommended today.

Republicans who claimed the Medford homeowner failed to meet the state’s four-year residency requirement did not prove their case, according to Judge John Schuster 3d.

Schuster took testimony from Lewis yesterday and examined myraid documents that showed the 49-year-old first-time candidate had lived in New Jersey and California at various times in recent years.

Though Lewis registered to vote in California in 2002 and voted there as late as May 2009, he also has owned a house in Burlington County since 2007 and has volunteered as an assistant track coach for Willingboro High School since 2007, the judge found.

The judge’s non-binding recommendation goes to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who also serves as the secretary of the state, for a review and a final ruling that must be issued no later than tomorrow.

Lewis is running unopposed in his party’s primary in the Eighth Legislative District. He would face Republican State Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego of Evesham in November.