Carl Lewis aims again at spot on NJ Senate ballot

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says voters should decide whether he’s qualified to be a New Jersey state senator.

Tuesday’s hearing in a federal appeals court was likely the final pitch to get Lewis back on the ballot for the November election.

The Republican Secretary of State ordered the Democrat off the ballot last month, saying he didn’t meet a four-year state residency requirement.

A lower federal court agreed.

But Lewis’ lawyer told an appeals court judge that Lewis meets the residency requirement. Lewis has testified that he now lives in Medford but also owns a home and business in California.

The lawyer also says the rule is unconstitutional because it would treat Lewis differently from others.

Officials say the ballot must be set by Thursday.