MOUNT LAUREL - (AP) - Nine-time Olympic gold medalist CarlLewis says he is giving up his legal fight to run for New Jerseystate Senate.

His announcement comes a day after a federal appeals panel ruledthat he's not eligible to run because he does not meet a four-yearresidency requirement for the office.

That ruling from judges on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appealscame seven weeks before the election and just before ballots wereto be printed for the state's 8th Legislative District.

Lewis, a Democrat who has never run for office before, wastrying to challenge Republican incumbent Dawn Addiego.

The 50-year-old track legend grew up in southern New Jersey butspent most of his adult life in Texas and California.

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