Despite winning 9 gold medals for the United States, New Jersey has banned former Olympian Carl Lewis form running for Senate. NJ Secretary of State Kim Guadagno has removed Lewis’ name from the June Democratic primary ballot claiming Lewis does not meet the state’s four-year residency requirement to run for office.
Lewis’ residency has been called into question because the he paid income taxes in California. Sports Illustrated’s “Olympian of the Century” plans to appeal the ruling saying, “I’ve been in competition for a long time so nothing surprises me,” he said. “What’s sad, though, is who’s talking about the people of the 8th District? The kids whose schools are struggling? The seniors who are having trouble paying their taxes?”
Lewis won 10 Olympic medals in track and field during the 1984, 88, 92 and 96 games. Maybe Lewis needs his long-form birth certificate?!?