TRENTON - (AP) - Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he'll campaign for state Senate in New Jersey while his lawyers fight tohave his name put back on the ballot.

New Jersey's top election official, Republican Kim Guadagno, ruled Tuesday that Lewis is ineligible to run as a Democrat. She says he failed to meet the state's four-year residency requirement for candidates.

The 49-year-old former track star owns homes in New Jersey andCalifornia. He says he's confident his name will be on the Juneprimary ballot.

Lewis' lawyer filed suit in federal court alleging that theresidency rule is unconstitutional and that the New Jersey native'scivil rights have been violated.

Lawyer Bill Tambussi says an appeal of Guadagno's decision willbe filed with the state Appellate Division on Wednesday.

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