Former Olympian's State Senate Bid in Limbo

Carl Lewis weighs in on the GOP's challenge to his candidacy in New Jersey.

Carl Lewis (Paul Morigi/WireImage for Audi of America)

Former track star Carl Lewis has a message for New Jersey's GOP, which is challenging his state senate bid on the Democratic ticket based on residency requirements: "I've actually put USA on my chest and I ran against the world. I can handle the state GOP."

So said the nine-time Olympic gold medalist in an interview with MSNBC (below).

As the Philadelphia Sun further explains:

Republicans have challenged his bid for office, saying he lost the qualifying heat by failing to meet the state's four-year residency requirement. Lewis, a New Jersey native, owns homes in his home state and California.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican, disqualified Lewis. But after he challenged her decision and the residency rule itself, a judge allowed the track star's name to appear on the June primary ballot.
He received 2,418 votes in the uncontested Democratic primary; his opponent, incumbent Sen. Dawn Addiego, also unchallenged in the primary, got 4,350 Republican votes.
The matter is now in the hands of the federal courts.

Time will tell if the champion long jumper can leap over this hurdle. We wouldn't bet against it.

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Sheryl Huggins Salomon is senior editor-at-large of The Root and a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based editorial consultant. Follow her on Twitter.

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