PHILADELPHIA - (AP) - A federal appeals court has removed CarlLewis from the ballot in a New Jersey state Senate race, finding hedoes not meet a four-year residency requirement.

The ruling comes nine days after the same three-judge panelruled he was eligible to run.

New Jersey election officials and some Republicans say theDemocrat does not meet the state's four-year residency requirementfor state senators.

But Lewis' lawyers argue that he meets the requirement becausehe moved to the state in 2005. And if that doesn't count, they saythe residency rule is unconstitutional.

Lewis grew up in southern New Jersey and settled in California.He bought homes in New Jersey in 2005 and 2007 but voted inCalifornia as recently as two years ago.

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