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Court puts Carl Lewis back on NJ primary ballot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis can be on the ballot for a New Jersey state Senate primary after all.

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Thursday the ballots should be printed with his name. New Jersey's top election official - a Republican - had said the Democratic political novice was not eligible to run because he didn't meet a state residency requirement.

Lewis grew up and lives in New Jersey but went to college in Texas and has a home and a business in California. Lewis and his lawyers say the initial decision to block him was purely partisan.

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