New Jersey’s Hall of Fame is a digital collection of New Jersey citizens – past and present – who have made contributions to society and the world. Nominees are elected to the Hall of Fame by public vote in the categories of Arts and Entertainment, Enterprise, Historical, Sports, and General, and an Induction Ceremony occurs once a year.
This year, the New Jersey Hall of Fame will induct 13 new members. The induction ceremony will take place on October 22 at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park.
The new Inductees are:
James Fenimore Cooper – James Fenimore Cooper was a 19th century author of many novels including The Last of the Mohicans who was born in Burlington, NJ.
Willliam Fox – William Fox is the Hungarian producer whose name is memorialized in Fox TV and Twenthieth Century Fox. Their first studio was in Fort Lee, NJ.
Carla Harris – Carla Harris wins this year’s title of New Jersey Hall of Fame Unsung Hero. She is an executive at Morgan Stanley and is chair of the National Women’s Business Council.
Jack H. Jacobs – Woodbridge Township native Jack H. Jacobs was a colonel in the US Army and received the Medal of Honor after the Vitenam War.
Derek Jeter – Retired Yankees shortstop and captain, Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, NJ.
Lewis Katz – Lewis Katz was born in Camden, NJ, and became the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was the director of the Katz Foundation which supports charitable causes.
Kool and the Gang – R&B and funk group Kool and the Gang formed in Jersey City, NJ.
Frank Lautenberg – Frank Lautenberg was a United States Senator who represented New Jersey from 1982 to 2001.
Bernard Marcus – Bernard Marcus was the co-founder and first CEO of Home Depot. He was born in Newark, NJ.
Anna Quindlen – Anna Quindlen is a journalist and novelist who wrote for the New York Post, and the New York Times. She also wrote One True Thing which was later made into a movie. She grew up in South Brunswick, NJ.
Christie Rampone – Christie Rampone is a soccer player who grew up in West Long Branch, NJ, and is a 3 time Olympic gold medal and a two time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion.
Jon Stewart – Jon Stewart is a comedian, writer, actor, and television host of The Daily Show.
Dick Vitale – Dick Vitale is a basketball sportscaster who first coached in Garfield, NJ, and then later moved to Rutgers.
What famous New Jerseyans would you nominate for inclusion in the NJ Hall of Fame?