Federal judge puts Carl Lewis back on NJ ballot

By David Edwards
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 16:53 EDT
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In a blow for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration, a federal appeals court Tuesday overturned Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s decision to remove nine-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis (D) from the ballot.

Lewis announced in April his intention to seek office as a state Senator. Guadagno, in her role as Christie’s Secretary of State, ruled that he did not meet the four-year residency requirement.

Mark Sheridan, a lawyer working for Burlington County Republicans, told The Associated Press that they would appeal the ruling.

“I think the court absolutely got it wrong,” he insisted. “They applied the wrong standard.”

But Lewis attorney William Tambussi disagreed, saying the court made the right decision.

“Today’s decision puts this matter with the voters of the Eighth Legislative District, where it rightfully belongs,” he said. “We are pleased that the voters now have a meaningful choice.”

The decision came just days before the Thursday deadline for printing ballots.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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