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Director Bagatelle gavels in 64th ALJBS session at Rider U

Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses 2009 delegates at first assembly

Director David Bagatelle presents an ALJBS shirt to honorary staff member Mayor Cory Booker

Director David S. Bagatelle, the 6th Director in the history of American Legion Jersey Boys State, began yesterday's first General Assembly by declaring the 2009 session open with three smart taps of the gavel. Director Bagatelle's address to the 2009 delegates encouraged them to do four things while at this year's 64th session "be respectful, get involved, don't get discouraged, and try your best." Following the Director's address, the Honorable Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ challenged the delegates to get involved in Government, starting like he did back in 1986, at American Legion Jersey Boys State.

The last 24 hours were very busy for all of the delegates. They participated in City Party meetings, electing Ward Leaders and a City Party Executive Committee for each of the Federal and National parties. Each city chose a form of City Government to address their City Descriptions, and began filling the slate for each municipal election (Mayor and Council). By now, all cities have elected their city leadership and have already chosen a form of County Government. A busy first 32 hours indeed.

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originally posted June 22, 2009