Carl Lewis faces republican fueled challenges

Olympic athlete Carl Lewis accepts his induction into the N.J. Hall of Fame during a ceremony at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., May 2, 2010. (Rich Schultz)

April 18, 2011 10:53:51 AM PDT
Republicans are challenging Carl Lewis' residency as he runs for the state Senate.

They say the nine-time Olympic medalist hasn't lived in New Jersey for the required four years. They say he has lived and voted in California until recently.

Lewis says he owns two homes in New Jersey, including one in Medford that was purchased in 2005.

The former track star says he transferred his voter registration last Monday, the same day he officially declared his candidacy as a Democrat in the state's 8th District.

The 49-year-old political novice grew up in Willingboro, N.J.

The GOP complaint to New Jersey Secretary of State Kim Guadagno asks that Lewis' name be pulled from the primary ballot.

A response from Lewis's attorneys is expected later Monday.

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