TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has won an uncontested Democratic primary in a New Jersey state Senate race.
He still has legal hurdles ahead before he can appear on the general election ballot in November against incumbent Republican state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (AH’-dee-ay-goh).
A judge may still keep him off the general election ballot. Republicans say he doesn’t meet New Jersey’s four-year residency requirement.
A federal court ruled he should stay on the primary ballot while the dispute is being sorted out.
The 49-year-old track and field star grew up in Willingboro and has spent much of his adult life in California.
He’s owned homes in New Jersey since 2005 but continued to vote in California until he registered in New Jersey in April.