Federal Judge Denies Carl Lewis’ Bid To Appear On New Jersey Ballots

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Former Olympian Carl Lewis has lost round one in his legal battle to get back on the New Jersey primary ballot as a state senate candidate in Burlington County.

william tambussi Federal Judge Denies Carl Lewis Bid To Appear On New Jersey Ballots

William Tambussi

After a three-hour hearing at the federal courthouse, judge Noel Hillman determined Lewis would not be irreparably harmed and that there were state interests, along with judicial precedent, to support a four-year residency rule that’s been the law in New Jersey for 167 years.

Lewis’s attorney, William Tambussi, plans to appeal this decision to the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

“The issue is, really, whether or not Judge Hilllman is, in fact bound by the precedent in New Hampshire, which we say he is not.”

That state mandates seven years residency before running for state senate. Tambussi has a second route of appeal filed with New Jersey Superior Court based in large part on how Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno interpreted state law in kicking Lewis off the ballot earlier this week.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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  1. sheriff says:

    Lewis is just another porch monkey that learned to run fast because of the police chasing him.

  2. HooDatIS? says:

    CARL LEWIS LOOKS GOOD
    , RUN RUN RUN, RUN
    I HOPE THAT JUDGE CHANGE HIS MIND ITS ABOUT TIME WE GOT SOME GOOD BLACK MEN IN OFFICES AROUND HERE
    GOD BLESS
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  3. diana meade says:

    you wait untill we have the chance to vote again the repubs” are going to go and so is the tea patrty they can party thier way to were ever they come form okey

  4. diana meade says:

    We have a great President don’t we yaaaa I love the first family the best since Kennedy HaHa

  5. diana meade says:

    we deserve our poeple in office you are the carpetbaggers

  6. Bob says:

    Don’t see the problem. All you have to do is see if he has been paying his income taxes to NJ. If he has not then I would expect the department of revenue to start collection action since he feels he is a resident.

  7. Peter says:

    Republicans must really be afraid of Carl Lewis kicking their candidate’s butt to ask the courts rather than the voters to decide this election

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