Wednesday, January 28, 2015

N.J. Hall of Fame announces new inductees

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A late actor best known for portraying a New Jersey mobster and a former governor remembered for raising taxes are among the newest members of New Jersey's Hall of Fame.

James Gandolfini of The Sopranos, former Gov. James J. Florio, basketball's Patrick Ewing, and NBC News anchor Brian Williams were among the 12 selected by voters out of 50 nominees who had ties to New Jersey.

The jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, the Shirelles, the author Dorothy Parker, and the chef Alice Waters are also among the class of 2014.

Since 2008, 80 people with ties to New Jersey have been inducted into the web-based hall. They include Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Toni Morrison, "Buzz" Aldrin, and Yogi Berra.

The induction ceremony is slated for Nov. 13 in Asbury Park.

Associated Press
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