The hits just keep on coming. On the heels of a new allegation from the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey about being intimidated by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has come forward to claim that Chris Christie personally pressured him to bow out of a state Senate race he got into against a Christie ally.
In 2011, Lewis mounted a challenge against incumbent Republican Dawn Addiego for her state Senate seat, but Guadagno ruled that he did not meet the residency requirement to run, which prompted political outrage, and the case ended up going to a federal appeals panel, which ruled against Lewis, so he was unable to run anyway.
But now Lewis is claiming that Christie personally reached out to him and said in no uncertain terms that he wanted Lewis out of the race.
Lewis said Monday the governor called to dissuade him from running as a Democrat for state Senate in 2011 against Republican Sen. Dawn Addiego… Lewis says he was told the fitness program they’d been developing wouldn’t materialize if he ran. Lewis says the governor felt the post “was a carrot he could pull away.”
Following Guadagno’s ruling against his eligibility, Lewis went public with this allegation in 2011, but at the time Christie’s office said it was a “misunderstanding on Lewis’ part” because the athletic program was “all but dead” anyway.
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