The New Jersey Hall of Fame is an organization that honors individuals from the U.S. state of New Jersey who have made contributions to society and the world beyond.
The Hall of Fame is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, overseen by a Board of Commissioners. It was statutorily authorized through Public Law 2005, Chapter 232. This bi-partisan legislation was passed unanimously in the New Jersey Senate on May 13, 2005, in the Assembly on June 30, 2005, and signed into law by the Governor on September 22, 2005.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame selects potential nominees in five categories: General, Enterprise, Sports, Arts & Entertainment, and Historical. With only rare exceptions, nominees must have resided in New Jersey for a period of at least five years. Selection of inductees is done using a three-phase process. Phase I is conducted by a group of expert panelists selected by the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board, who compose a list of 20 individuals in each category. Phase II incorporates a group of over 100 prominent organization throughout New Jersey who narrow the field down to 6 individuals in each category. Phase III uses a public voting system via the internet and manual ballots. Upon completion of Phase III, the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board selects its inductees based on the top vote getter in each category, as well as others the board deems deserving.
Induction ceremony 
The first class of inductees was honored in an induction ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 4, 2008.
2008 Inductees 
The inaugural class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame were announced in a press conference on October 25, 2007 by Governor Jon Corzine.
2009 Inductees 
The 2009 class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame were announced on February 2, 2009. The induction ceremony was held May 3, 2009, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
2010 Inductees 
The 2010 class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame were announced on December 3, 2009. The induction ceremony was held May 2, 2010, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
2011 Inductees 
- For list of inductees, see footnote
2012 Inductees 
- For list of inductees, see footnote
Ten members of the Class of 2012 were inducted on Saturday, June 9, 2012, during a ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center: Milt Campbell (Olympian), John Dorrance (condensed-soup inventor), Michael Douglas (actor), Bob Hurley (basketball coach), Wellington Mara (New York Giants owner), Samuel I. Newhouse (media mogul), Annie Oakley (Wild West Show sensation), Joyce Carol Oates (author), Christopher Reeve (late actor-activist), and Sarah Vaughn (jazz singer).
The eleventh member of the Class of 2012 – the E Street Band – will be inducted at a future date.
The Unsung Hero Award was given to Eric LeGrand, the paralyzed former Rutgers University defensive tackle.
See also 
- ^ "Metro Briefing |New Jersey: Trenton: Lawmakers Push Hall Of Fame", The New York Times, May 13, 2005. Accessed December 29, 2007.
- ^ a b New Jersey Hall of Fame Fact Sheet. NJHoF website. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes first-ever class, The Star-Ledger, May 04, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- ^ Frank, Bruce and Buzz among first inducted into NJ hall of fame, The Star-Ledger, October 25, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- ^ Bon Jovi, Shaq, Abbott and Costello make N.J. Hall of Fame, The Star-Ledger, February 02, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- ^ 2009 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees welcomed at NJPAC. The Star-Ledger, May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- ^ Count Basie, Jack Nicholson, Les Paul make New Jersey Hall of Fame, The Star-Ledger, December 3, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- ^ Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon are among 15 inducted into N.J. Hall of Fame, The Star-Ledger, May 2, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- ^ Class of 2011. New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- ^ 2012 Inductees. New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- ^ a b c Duffelmeyer, Andrew (June 9, 2012). "New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes 10 new members". newstimes.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
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