Carl Lewis Back in Court

A federal judge who will decide whether Olympic superstar Carl Lewis has lived in New Jersey long enough to run for state office says he may leave parts of the case up to a jury.

Judge Noel Hillman discussed procedural issues Tuesday in a case that has the nine-time gold medalist unchallenged on the June primary ballot, but hasn't determined the Democrat's eligibility to run in the November election.

Lewis has been fighting to keep his fledgling candidacy alive since Republicans challenge his candidacy for state Senate. They claim the 49-year-old lived in California until recently and doesn't meet the state's four-year residency requirement for candidates.

New Jersey's Republican secretary of state issued the initial ruling against Lewis.

Lewis' lawyers challenged the residency rule in federal and state courts.

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