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Designed by Andrew Peng (This issue was not published at Livingston High School)

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  • Vol. 57 / No. 09

    With Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and other perfor-mers, the 2015 Video Music Awa-rds were nothing short of an outlan-dish extrava-ganza. Page 08

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched his presidential campaign at LHS in June. Page 02

    Protesters say Christie would do a disastrous job if elected. Page 03 Denalis return adds to naming debate. Page 07

    Congressional backing of the Iran deal is vital, writes Trevor Wood. Page 06 Falyn Stempler shares her take on the GOP clown car. Page 06

    Seth Curry has finally secured an NBA contract after two years. Page 08 HBOs Ballers shows how athletes deal with their lives during football and retirement. Page 08

    Democratic voters are deman-ding changes to the DNCs 2016 election debate schedule as Bernie Sanders surges in the polls. Page 07

    campaign, thousands of teachers, public labor employees and activists from across the Garden State gathered outside LHS to protest his record of budget cuts to education and policy failures during his administration.

    Groups of protestors from the Sierra Club, New

    Jersey Working Families, and New Jersey Citizen Action arrived by bus from the Livingston Mall shortly before the announcement, armed with signs, mega-phones and their voices. As they occupied the oval and the school entrance, many of the teachers, clad mostly in red, chanted Hey hey, ho ho, Christie for president hell no!

    Many protesters arriv-ed wielding an assortment of colorful signs that read Broken promises, Chris-tie ruined NJ and Liar! One sign appeared to show the governor in a garbage can with the bolded words Continued on page 03

    presidential campaign at Livingston High School on June 30, touting his home-town roots and aiming to appeal to key primary voters with a brash, clear-cut speech that drew throngs of supporters, media and protesters from across the state.

    Speaking before around 1,000 supporters gathered

    in the old school gymna-sium of his alma mater, Christie, 52, who stood next to his wife Mary Pat as well as his four children, chose to demonstrate his unscripted, town-hall speaking style by refusing to use a teleprompter and pledged to fight for the people of the United States of America.

    America is tired of handwringing and inde-cisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office, Christie told the cheering crowd. We have to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval office and that is why today I am proud to annou-nce my candidacy for the

    Republican nomination for president of the United States of America."

    "I'm not running for president of the United States as a surrogate for being prom king of America," Christie conti-nued. "I mean what I say and I say what I mean and that's what America needs right now. The lying and stealing has already hap-pened, the horse is out of the barn, we need to get it back in, and the only way to do it is by force.

    Recalling his fathers job in an ice cream factory in Newark, Christie drew applause as he praised the Continued on page 02

    ew Jersey governor Chris Christie formally kicked off his

    s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie kicked off his presidential

  • 02 THE LANCE SEPTEMBER 2015. VOL. 57, ISSUE 9

    Road to the White House

    News editors: Andrew Peng and Brendan Myers Send email submissions to lhslance2016@gmail.com NEWS

    Continued from page 01 countrys potential and its rich history. That one generation removed from that guy who was working on the floor of the Breyers ice cream plant, his son is the two-term gover-nor of the state that he was born and raised in, he said.

    Facing off against a field of better-financed rivals, Christie relied heavily on his most re-cognizable advantage: his personality. With his New Jersey swagger and a promise to tell it like it is, Christie has portrayed himself as the only candidate forceful and truthful enough to govern the nation, and he openly display-ed his disdain for Washington.

    If Washington and Adams and Jefferson believed that compromise was a dirty word, wed still be under the crown of England, he said, blaming both political parties for the dysfunction that has become characteristic of Congress in recent years.

    Christie also took aim at the President, arguing that after seven years of a weak and feckless foreign policy run by Barack Obama, we better not turn it over to his second mate, Hillary Clinton.

    He also stated that Ameri-cans across the nation were not angry but filled with anxiety that could be swept away with strong leadership and decisiveness to lead America again.

    Christie has talked exten-sively about how his experien-ces at LHS have influenced his career in the past, and by announcing in his home state, he also demonstrates his commitment to New Jerseys residents as he sets his sights on the Oval Office.

    You know, lots of people have asked me over the course of the last week, why here? Christie said. Because every-thing started here for me. The confidence, the education, the friends, the family, and the love Ive always felt for and from this community.

    When I decided to make this announcement, there wasnt any choice, the governor continued. I had to come home and Livingston is home for me.

    STANDING APART A majority of the supporters who attended the campaign event, along with a mix of dozens of old high school classmates and close friends, expressed profound respect for the governor, with many pointing out his blunt methods of governing.

    One thing I really love about the governor is his straightforward character, said Imam Mustafa El-Amin. Whatevers on his mind, hes going to say it, and youll be

    sure its the truth. I think that we need a man like that for the president of the most power-ful country on Earth.

    El-Amin, a Muslim Imam of a large mosque in Newark, also discussed his appreciation of Christies outreach to the Muslim community, citing the NYPDs spying on the Muslim community throughout New Jersey.

    What [Christie] did - my heart to him - was the way he handled that situation, he said. He stood for justice, he stood for rights, and he han-dled the relationship with the Muslim community at a sen-sitive time.

    Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco told the Lance that the governor had managed to get things done despite having to deal with a Democrat-contro-lled state legislature, a point that was backed by Nick Leahy, a senior member of the N.J. College Republicans.

    When youre a governor of a state that has 70,000 more Democrats than Republicans, and an Assembly and a Senate that are dominated by Demo-crats, Christie has managed to pass six balanced budgets, cap property taxes, reform the pension system, and tackle the union issue in the state, Leahy said. I think that shows real leadership.

    I like how Christie is not focused on divisive social issues that turn many in the Republican party away from the younger electorate, said Tom Falcon, another N.J. College Republicans member, who pressed for policy pro-posals. He focuses on fiscal issues, repairing the state for the future, and its an issue hell win with younger voters.

    Vito Sacco, a Christie supporter standing next to Assemblyman Bucco, lauded the governor for capping New Jerseys property tax at two percent, a move he said successfully set Christie apart from the other Republican candidates.

    There are ladies here, and thats good because we have to offset the lady Hillary vote, Sacco later told a Lance reporter.

    Seth Dombeck, a delegate from the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, highlighted Christies leadership during Superstorm Sandy, which battered much of New Jersey in late 2013. He finalized the state budget before his campaign announcement, Dombeck added.

    Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa Jr. stated that he believed the governor would bring a tough, no-nonsense style of governing to the White House. Testa, a litigation lawyer, added that he thought the Supreme Courts recent decision to legalize same-sex

    marriage was deeply disturb-ing, and said the issue of marriage would be best left to the states under a Christie administration.

    Meanwhile, invited members of the student government association that spoke to the Lance at the events conclusion said they were satisfied.

    John Qian, a junior class officer, said he would have enjoyed a Q&A session, but added that he was thoroughly impressed by [Christies] ability to flawlessly present an hour-long speech without a teleprompter.

    Executive Board Secretary Mallissa Vuong told the Lance that the event felt exciting yet overwhelming. Christies supporters proved to be very vocal and very aggressive, but it was nice to see the New Jersey pride, she said.

    Asked about Christies decision to hold his campaign

    launch at the high school, Vuong said that Christie was attempting to appeal to the supporters he already has in Jersey and to create a small-town boy persona.

    Whether the speech had an impact on swaying youth voters in Livingston remains unclear. Michael Ciccone, another junior class officer, said he planned to vote Republican in 2016, but said he had not heard enough from the candidates to make a decision.

    He was trying to show Americans hes a true and blue hardworking guy that comes from humble origins, and I think he got his points across well. He was pretty cut and dry on some things, Ciccone said. I wanted to hear more on what kinds of actions he would take to fix our foreign policy and economic problems rather than just stating he will fix them.

    Richard Kim, a sophomore class officer who also attended the event, said that it was smart for Christie to return to the high school. His speech was effective in communica-t