Carl Lewis: Chris Christie Retaliated Against Me, Too
'I felt like he was trying to intimidate me, absolutely,' Olympic legend says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 21, 2014 10:50 AM CST
U.S. sport legend Carl Lewis speaks at the start of the the 26th International Belgrade Marathon in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

(Newser) – Add Carl Lewis to the list of people piling on Chris Christie. The Olympic legend today revived his allegations that Christie's administration abruptly ditched a plan to name him New Jersey's "youth fitness ambassador" as soon as Lewis announced that he'd be running for state Senate as a Democrat, the Star-Ledger reports. "I felt like he was trying to intimidate me, absolutely," he says, alleging that Christie directly told him that "if you run, we're going to have to cancel the program."

Lewis first made the allegations back in 2011. Christie's administration has always denied them. "A lot of people said, 'He didn't do that, he didn't say that,'" Lewis tells the paper. "Now you're calling to ask about it because it's a lot more plausible." Christie's administration ultimately got Lewis kicked off the ballot for not meeting state residency requirements. "It's interesting, everyone calling him a bully. I don't really see him as a bully," Lewis says. "I see it more as someone who's insecure … and has got power."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jan 24, 2014 12:47 AM CST
Christie did me wrong too. I was in New Jersey a few years ago and he didn't send out a police escort as I drove through New Brunswick. The man is just too mean to us common citizens.
curt pedersen
Jan 22, 2014 9:44 AM CST
YAWN.................another non story. Next..........
HANKHILL
Jan 22, 2014 7:39 AM CST
chris christie is the muslims best friend in nj, nj has one of the largest muslim pop in what is left of america! very sad.