TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Paul A. Sarlo that would establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame to honor New Jerseyans who have made substantial contributions to society in the arts, sciences and other areas was approved today by the Senate Economic Growth committee.
“New Jerseyans have made huge contributions in nearly every field of human endeavor,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen and Passaic. “Think about it, Thomas Edison was from New Jersey, as was Paul Robeson. Meryl Streep and Buzz Aldrin were also born in New Jersey. Our state’s heritage is too rich not to have a museum honoring these individuals who contributed so much and left their mark on American culture.”
Senator Sarlo’s measure, S-2309, would permit the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame within Bergen County’s Meadowlands Complex.
The bill would also establish the 17-member New Jersey Hall of Fame Advisory Commission, which would include the 11-member board of directors of the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame and four members appointed by the Governor, Senate President and Assembly Speaker, and two ex officio members.
Lastly, the measure calls for the creation of the Foundation for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, a separate nonprofit, educational and charitable organization.
The measure now heads to the full Senate for approval.