GOP challenges Carl Lewis’ candidacy for N.J. Senate seat

    Republicans in Burlington County want to disqualify Olympic track star Carl Lewis as a candidate for the New Jersey Senate.

    The Republicans have filed a complaint with the secretary of state’s office asking that Lewis’ name be removed from the primary election ballot.

    Hainesport Township Republican Party Chairman Ted Costa said Lewis does not satisfy the four-year residency requirement to run for legislative office in New Jersey.

    “Mr. Lewis has voted, actually, in the state of California in various elections, primary elections and general elections, in years 2009 and 2010,” said Costa. “Obviously that’s within the four year period preceding the present time, and therefore Mr. Lewis does not satisfy the constitutional requirements.”

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    Lewis said he transferred his voter registration to New Jersey on the same day he announced his Senate candidacy last week.

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