New Jersey rejects Carl Lewis’ bid for state Senate

April 27th, 2011 - 1:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): Nine-time Olympic champion’ Carl Lewis has been prevented from running for the New Jersey Senate by the state’s Lt. Governor.

The New York Daily News quoted Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno as saying that Lewis lacked the four-year residency requirement to run for the elections.

Lewis, a native of Willingboro, New Jersey, had declared his political ambitions

earlier this month, but Lt. Gov. Guadagno found Lewis ineligible after it revealed that he was a taxpayer in California, where he owns a home in the Pacific Palisades and is involved in business ventures there.

“I find that the respondent was not a resident of New Jersey for the constitutionally required four years prior to the date of the election for the office he now seeks,” Lt. Gov. Guadagno wrote in her decision.

Guadagno remained firm despite claims that Lewis owns homes in New Jersey for the past six years and has a driver’s license issued by the state.

Lewis’ lawyer, however, said his client might appeal against the ruling.

“Today’s decision is unfortunate, but not unexpected. It is clear that this administration will do anything to keep Carl Lewis off the ballot. We are not going to let that happen. Carl Lewis is and has been a legal resident of New Jersey and it is unconstitutional to declare him otherwise,” the lawyer said. (ANI)

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