Carl Lewis ends quest for N.J. Senate seat

Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis has ended his bid for a state Senate seat in New Jersey.

Lewis announced his decision Friday,the day after a federal appeals court ruled he could not be on the ballot because he doesn’t meet the state’s four-year residency requirement.

“What’s the point of being here?” said Lewis. “The point is to serve and be a part of people’s lives and make their lives better. So my message of the day is service does not need a title.”

Lewis said he intends to stay involved with his charitable foundation and other activities.

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He has ruled out running against Republican Congressman Jon Runyon next year, but says he doesn’t know if he’ll seek any political office in the future.

Lewis, a Democrat who has never run for office before, was trying to challenge Republican incumbent Dawn Addiego.

The 50-year-old track legend grew up in South Jersey but spent most of his adult life in Texas and California.

Burlington County Democrats say they’re examining their options as far as a replacement candidate for Lewis in the Senate race, but time is running out for ballots to be printed.

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