Olympic Hero Carl Lewis says Chris Christie ‘bullied him’ to drop out of 2011 senate race

Olympic hero Carl Lewis has said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cancelled a plan to appoint him the state’s first physical fitness ambassador after he launched a political campaign against a Christie friend.

Lewis said Christie called him up to dissuade him from running as a Democrat for state Senate in 2011 against (R) Senator Dawn Addiego.

Lewis said he was told the fitness programme they had been developing wouldn’t materialize if he ran, adding that Christie felt the post ‘was a carrot he could pull away’.