*Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is – as of now – back on the ballot for the Burlington County, NJ state Senate seat under a court order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday.
According to requirements, eligible candidates are required to have lived in New Jersey for four years.
Just a few days after filing his paperwork, Republicans filed suit to have him removed from the ballot, claiming that he had not be a resident of the state for four years. But he’s not going down without a fight. His supporters, including an administrative judge recommended he stay on the ballot. However, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting secretary of state ruled on April 26 that he was not eligible. A state appeals panel upheld her ruling.
Mark Sheridan, who represents the Burlington County Republicans, said Thursday’s ruling was “just a stay of execution. Judge Hillman can throw him off again or the Supreme Court can throw him off again.”
Lewis’ lawyer says he just wants a fact-based hearing before a federal judge. Anything can happen from here.