TRENTON - (AP) - A decision on whether Olympic gold medalistCarl Lewis can pursue his bid for state Senate in New Jersey is dueThursday.

Secretary of State Kim Guadagno will decidewhether the 49-year-old former track star meets New Jersey'sfour-year residency requirement for candidates.

Republicans challenged Lewis' bid to represent the 8thLegislative District in south-central New Jersey.

Lewis told a judge this week that he's owned homes in his nativestate since 2005 and has been a volunteer track coach at his formerhigh school since 2007. He showed the judge the New Jersey driver'slicense he says he's had since 2006.

However, Lewis voted in California until last year and maintainsa home and business there.

An administrative law judge has recommended Lewis be allowed torun.

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