Carl Lewis back in court, still yet again

Republicans who have been challenging Lewis’s candidacy have appealed the latest decision, and are calling for the full court to meet on the matter – not just a three-judge panel

Carl Lewis, applying that famous stamina to the courtroom.

Carl Lewis is heading back to court this morning to see if he’ll be included on the ballot for state Senate.

No, you’re not reading a news story from last week. Or last month. Or any of those other times the state tried to exclude Lewis from the ballot. This is new.

Wait. It’s Sept. 20 today, right? Yeah. This is new.

A three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled a week ago that Lewis could appear on the ballot for the 8th Legislative District Senate seat. He is the Democratic challenger to incumbent state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington).

That superseded a previous court order upholding Secretary of State/Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s decision barring him from the general ballot. She said Lewis had not been a New Jersey resident long enough to run for office here.

That decision, itself, came after Lewis had fought his way onto the primary ballot, where he won uncontested.

All caught up?

Great – because the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the same one that just put him back in the race, is calling him in for another hearing, according to NJ.com. The Republicans who have been challenging Lewis’s candidacy have appealed the latest decision, and are calling for the full court to meet on the matter – not just a three-judge panel.

So tune in for that. There may be no end in sight.

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Barry Lank is a former TV and radio writer, and, like most people, was editor of the Courier-Post opinion page in Cherry Hill, at some point. If you look up, you'll realize he's watching you read this.View all posts by Barry Lank