LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Chatham is being represented by Collin Goldbach, Aedan Joel, Sean Lee, Ryan Mulligan, Bradley Rindos and Quinten Tomaro this week as part of 883 rising seniors at the 73rd American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS) being held at Rider University.

All six of the Chatham representatives are out of American Legion Post No. 43.

“In our 73rd year, we are very happy to welcome 883 of New Jersey’s brightest leaders to Jersey Boys State,” ALJBS Executive Director David Bagatelle said. “American Legion Jersey Boys State serves as a leadership incubator for our state’s top students who will become our political, community, military, and business leaders.”

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Students are afforded the opportunity to govern and interact with their peers from across New Jersey as they run their own mythical 51st state from June 17-22. Within 24 hours of their arrival to ALJBS, students will have formed 18 mock city governments and two political parties to elect a mayor and city council to guide their city throughout the week.

Each student has an opportunity to participate in the political party process by running for office, participating in friendly debate and voting in elections, among many other events. By the end of the week, the delegation will elect a new ALJBS Governor, Lieutenant Governor and two Boys Nation Senators, who will attend a national program in Washington, D.C. this summer.

The college credit-qualified program, sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Jersey, is a preeminent learn-by-doing leadership program. Students are typically chosen and sponsored by a local American Legion Post and other community-based organizations.