N.J. court keeps Lewis off ballot

The New Jersey appeals court ruled today that nine-time Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis cannot run for a Burlington County state Senate seat.

The three-member appeals panel noted that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting as the secretary of state, was correct when she ruled that Lewis did not meet the state’s four-year residency requirement to be a candidate.

Guadagno based her ruling, in part, on the fact that Lewis voted in California in 2009.

Lewis, 49, of Medford, registered to vote as a Democrat in Burlington County's Eighth District on April 11, the same day he filed his nominating petitions. He would oppose freshman Republican State Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego.

Lewis’ attorney, William Tambussi, said he would appeal to the state Supreme Court.