Updated 10:54 a.m. ET, 1/21/2014
(CNN) - Add former Olympic star Carl Lewis to the list of names who say they felt pressured by Gov. Chris Christie's administration in New Jersey.
Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medal winner in track and field, says the Governor tried to dissuade him from running for a state Senate seat as a Democrat in 2011, according to a report from The Newark Star-Ledger.
Lewis, who grew up in New Jersey, began talking with Christie's administration and the Republican Governor himself 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 heard from Christie.
"When he talked to me on the phone that night, he said 'If you run, we're going to have to cancel the program'," Lewis told the Star-Ledger.
He made those allegations public in April 2011, but he says recent claims made against the Christie administration shed new light on his own case.
At the time, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak, who still works for the Governor, denied Christie tried to pressure Lewis against running, according to the Star-Ledger.
"Absolutely, positively not. And anybody who says otherwise is lying," Drewniak said.
Lewis went on to pursue his campaign in 2011 but faced legal hurdles involving residency requirements. In his on-again-off-again race, Lewis was ultimately ruled ineligible by Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno as well as a federal appeals court.
In a statement Tuesday, Drewniak praised Lewis as "a genuinely impressive human being and Olympic athlete."
"We have nothing but good things to say about his contributions," he continued. "Unfortunately, this coming now is obviously a sour-grapes rehash of a clear-cut legal issue which did not fall his way."
The former Olympic athlete told the Star-Ledger that the challenges made by the administration were "fair," given that he had voted in California elections in 2008 and 2009, which didn't meet the four-year residency requirement for New Jersey law.
Lewis did not weigh in on the recent controversy in which top Christie aides are accused of orchestrating a major traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, out of political retribution against the city's Democratic mayor.
But Lewis told the Star-Ledger that people are more likely to believe his story now that others are making allegations of intimidation by the Christie administration.
CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.