PHILADELPHIA - (AP) - Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewiscan be on the ballot for a New Jersey state Senate primary afterall.

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Thursday theballots should be printed with his name.

New Jersey's top election official, a Republican, had saidLewis, a Democratic political novice, wasn't eligible to runbecause he didn't meet a state residency requirement. Lewis, 49,grew up and lives in New Jersey but went to college in Texas andhas a home and a business in California.

Lewis and his lawyers say the initial decision to block him waspurely partisan.

Until Thursday, state and federal courts had agreed that thestate could keep him from running. The ruling from the U.S. 3rdCircuit Court of Appeals puts his name on the ballot for the June 7primary but leaves the bigger issues up to a lower court judge tosort out.

That leaves open the possibility that he could be barred fromthe general election.

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