(CNN) – Add former Olympic star Carl Lewis to the list of people who say they felt pressured by Governor Chris Christie's administration in New Jersey.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Lewis says the governor tried to dissuade him from running for a state senate seat as a Democrat in 2011.
Lewis says he spoke with Christie, a Republican, in 2010 about becoming the state's "physical fitness ambassador," a volunteer position.
But when Lewis started considering a state senate bid the following year, Lewis said he got a call from Christie. He told the Star-Ledger that Christie told him if he runs, the administration would have to cancel the program.
Lewis was ultimately ruled ineligible to run by state officials and a federal appeals court because of residency requirements.
He made the allegations public in April 2011, but says recent claims made against the Christie administration shed new light on his own case.
At the time, according to the newspaper, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak - who still works for the governor - flatly denied Christie tried to pressure Lewis against running.
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