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Sep 20, 2011 12:11 PM by Matt Stafford

Judicial panel reconsidering Carl Lewis case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judicial panel is considering whether to reverse a ruling it made a week ago to declare nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis eligible to run for state Senate in New Jersey.

The three judges held a hearing Tuesday on the matter.

New Jersey election officials and Republicans say the Democrat does not meet a four-year residency requirement.

Last week, the judges declared him eligible. But they never released an opinion.

Instead, they held another hearing and posed new questions to lawyers.

Lewis grew up in New Jersey and settled in California. He bought homes in New Jersey in 2005 and 2007 but continued to vote in California until 2009.

If he remains on the ballot, he'll face Republican incumbent Dawn Addiego.

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