Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis’ attempt to run for the New Jersey Senate will have new life after a judge said that his name can appear on ballots in the state.

“Under the ruling, the voters, not a partisan elected official, will decide who should be the state senator in the eighth legislative district,” William M. Tambussi, an attorney for Lewis, said in a statement to Bloomberg News. “Mr. Lewis can now focus on the real issues facing the voters.”

Lewis, an African American sprinter and long jumper in four Olympics, won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and sprint relay events.

On April 26, New Jersey Secretary of State Kimberly Guadagno, a Republican, ruled that Lewis failed to meet the four-year residency requirement to run, despite Lewis’s bid being given earlier approval by an administrative judge.

Guadagno told Reuters that by the time of “the four-year constitutional cut-off did not yet own his home in New Jersey, did not otherwise live in New Jersey, did not file his taxes in New Jersey, was not registered to vote in New Jersey and did not have his business in New Jersey.”

Lewis, who is running as a Democrat, grew up in New Jersey before moving to Texas and California. He argued that he bought his house in New Jersey in 2005, got a New Jersey driver’s license in 2006 and began coaching at his alma mater, Willingboro High School in Willingboro New Jersey, in May 2007 according to Bloomberg.

Lewis would be competing in a district that rarely elects Democrats but would be facing an incumbent who was named to the seat to fill a vacancy.

Guadagno said Lewis hadn’t bought his house until Nov. 16, 2007, eight days after the cutoff.

“Two things are clear,” Tambussi told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “They don’t want Carl Lewis’ name on the ballot.”

Lewis will appear unopposed on the June 7 primary ballots for New Jersey’s 8th District. According to The Cherry Hill Courier Post, the matter is expected to be resolved by election day.