PHILADELPHIA - (AP) - A federal judicial panel is consideringwhether to reverse a ruling it made a week ago to declare nine-timeOlympic gold medalist Carl Lewis eligible to run for state Senatein New Jersey.

The three judges held a hearing this morning on the matter. New Jersey election officials and Republicans say the Democratdoes not meet a four-year residency requirement.

Last week, the judges declared him eligible. But they neverreleased an opinion. Instead, they held another hearing and posednew questions to lawyers.

Lewis grew up in New Jersey and settled in California. He boughthomes in New Jersey in 2005 and 2007 but continued to vote inCalifornia until 2009.

If he remains on the ballot, he'll face Republican incumbentDawn Addiego.

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