EDISON - A federal judge ruled yesterday to uphold the state four-year residency rule for political candidates, knocking Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis off the ballot.

The decision eliminated Lewis, 49, from the ballot for the state Senate's primary elections in June. Lewis failed to meet residency requirements because he owns homes in both New Jersey and California.

"We're going to continue with it," said Chris Walker, Carl Lewis' spokesman. "We're disappointed, but we'll keep fighting."

Lewis' campaign team tells News 12 New Jersey it will file an appeal with the third circuit court of appeals.

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