TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Paul A. Sarlo and Joseph M. Kyrillos to establish the “New Jersey Hall of Fame” to celebrate New Jerseyans who have made notable contributions to society was signed into law today by Governor Richard J. Codey.
“Too often the media negatively portrays New Jersey and its residents,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “We want famous New Jerseyans to know that we are proud of their accomplishments, and the Hall of Fame will serve as a tribute to those who have and continue to represent our State well around the country and throughout the world.”
The Senators’ measure, S-2309, permits the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The bill also creates the 17-member New Jersey Hall of Fame Advisory Commission, which will 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 also creates the Foundation for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, a separate nonprofit, education and charitable organization.
“The Hall of Fame paves the way and will highlight the countless contributions made by New Jerseyans in many areas including science, the arts, business, sports and public service,” said Senator Kyrillos, R-Middletown. “It will serve as an essential source of pride and reflection on our great state, which is often underestimated.”
This measure was unanimously approved by the full Senate on June 30, 2005.