Claiming to be a resident of Medford, Carl Lewis today sued Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in U.S. District Court in the aftermath of her decision to remove him from the ballot based on her conclusion that Lewis is not a constitutionally legal resident of the state.
“I am seeking to stand as a candidate in the Democratic Primary for the Office of New Jersey State Senator in the 8th Legislative District,” Lewis affirmed in his suit.
The candidate’s attorney, William Tambussi, requested injunctive and declaratory relief from Guadagno’s decision today, citing the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
Tambussi, moreover, cited Guadagno’s conclusion as a violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act.
“Defendant Guadagno’s order to remove plaintiff’s name from the ballot violates the New Jersey Civil Rights Act and denies plaintiff his statutory right to seek elective office,” Tambussi wrote in the suit.