PHILADELPHIA - (AP) - A federal appeals court says in a 2-1 decision that nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis should be back on the ballot for a seat in the New Jersey state senate.

The ruling Tuesday could be the final word on a candidacy markedby legal questions about whether Lewis meets the state'srequirement that state senators live in New Jersey for four yearsbefore they're elected.Lewis says the effort to keep him from running was political.

He is seeking office as a Democrat in a Republican southern NewJersey district.

Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno acting in her capacity assecretary of state deemed him ineligible.

Lewis grew up in Willingboro and settled in California andbought homes in New Jersey in 2005 and 2007. But he voted inCalifornia in 2009. Carl Lewis aims again at spot on NJ Senate ballotNJ Supreme Court won't hear Carl Lewis case Appeals court puts Carl Lewis back on NJ primary ballot Lewis moves ahead with appeals to get into race Another court rules against Carl Lewis' Senate run Judge upholds residency ruling for NJ Senate hopeful Carl Lewis