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TRENTON | New Jersey’s top election official has ruled that nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis fails to meet the four-year state residency requirement to run for elected office.

Secretary of State Kim Guadagno decided Tuesday that Mr. Lewis can’t continue his run for state Senate as a Democrat.

She ordered the 49-year-old’s name to be stricken from the June primary ballot.

The decision by Miss Guadagno, a Republican, can be appealed.

Miss Guadagno rejected an administrative law judge’s recommendation that Mr. Lewis be allowed to stay in the race to represent the state’s south-central region.

Republicans challenged Mr. Lewis’ run, saying he voted in California until recently.

The former track star told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, tried to talk him out of running.

The Christie administration says Mr. Lewis misunderstood the talk.


Ex-spokesman at State gets academic post

STATE COLLEGE | A former U.S. Department of State spokesman who quit after criticizing the military’s treatment of an Army private accused of leaking documents to the WikiLeaks website has accepted an academic position at Penn State’s law school.

P.J. Crowley’s one-year appointment as the Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership begins Aug. 1.

The law school said Tuesday Mr. Crowley’s research and teaching will focus on national security policy, public diplomacy and the impact of the global media environment on policy and politics.

Mr. Crowley quit his post as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief spokesman after being quoted as telling college students during a seminar the military’s handling of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at a brig was “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.”

President Obama later called Pfc. Manning’s detention appropriate.

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