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Nj Hall Of Fame Essay Contest Rules

The New Jersey Hall of Fame Selection Process

1. Residents of New Jersey are invited to recommend deserving New Jerseyans at any time, year round. Public recommendations will be taken into consideration by the selection committee when determining the top 100 nominees.  Click here to recommend a worthy New Jerseyan.

2. The selection committee determines a list of 100 potential nominees by October 1.

3. The NJ Hall of Fame Academy narrows the master list down to 50 by November 1.

4. The public is invited to vote on the final nominations from Nov 1, through the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

5. The individual receiving the most votes in each category are automatically inducted.

6. The Board will then deliberate to determine who else should be inducted for that given year.

7. Voting closes and inductees are announced in January.

8. Honorees will be formally inducted in a red carpet ceremony on the first Sunday in May.

NOTE: Official induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame is contingent upon the honoree formally accepting the honor at the Red Carpet Induction Ceremony within three years of the original induction. In the case of a deceased nominee, a representative would be required to attend in their place. As of 2017, Inductees must formally accept their honor in order to be included in the permanent NJHOF Museum.

TRENTON — A contingent of those already honored with a Turnpike service area, a "Seinfeld" star, astronaut brothers and a TV president are among the 50 nominees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Voting began Wednesday at the Hall of Fame website to whittle the list down to those who will be inducted into the Hall during a ceremony May 7 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park.

“Choosing just 50 nominees for the public vote has proven to be a challenge over the years. There are so many incredible New Jerseyans who have made their mark on our state, our country and the world,” said NJHOF Commission Chairman Bart Oates.

Among the nominees:

  • Mark & Scott Kelly from Orange, the first siblings to travel in space
  • "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander from Newark
  • "Live" host Kelly Ripa from Stratford
  • Businessman Steve Forbes
  • Late Princeton mathematician John Nash
  • Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from Trenton
  • Businessman, philanthropist Woody Johnson
  • Journalist Connie Chung from Middletown
  • "CBS Sunday Morning" retired host Charles Osgood
  • Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Vlocker from Cape May
  • Actor Ray Liotta of Newark
  • Singer Wyclef Jean of Newark
  • Basketball player Rick Barry from Elizabeth
  • Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, who lives in Franklin Lakes
  • Women's U.S. soccer team member Carli Lloyd from Delran
  • Journalist and poet Joyce Kilmer from New Brunswick, Molly Pitcher from Trenton and Richard Stockton from Galloway, all of whom have Turnpike service areas named after them

Voting ends on Sunday, Nov. 27 with the inductees announced in December. For the full list and to vote, click here.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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