TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Paul A. Sarlo and Joseph M. Kyrillos that would create the “New Jersey Hall of Fame” to celebrate New Jerseyans who have made notable contributions to society received final legislative approval today by the full Assembly.
“The Hall of Fame would help celebrate the New Jerseyans who have and continue to represent our State around the country and around the world,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “All too often, the media portrays the State in a negative light. This measure would work to show native sons and daughters of New Jersey that we are proud of what they’ve accomplished, and we want them to continue to represent the State in a positive light.”
The Senators’ measure, S-2309, would permit the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The bill would also create 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 would also create the Foundation for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, a separate nonprofit, education and charitable organization.
“There are so many individual achievements in this state from the American Revolution until now,” said Senator Kyrillos, R-13. “We should honor those who have put New Jersey on the map through their accomplishments.”
This measure was approved by the Senate on May 12. It now heads to Governor Codey’s desk where his signature would make it State law.