TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Paul A. Sarlo and Joseph M. Kyrillos that would establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame in Bergen County’s Meadowlands Complex to celebrate New Jerseyans who have made notable contributions to society was approved today in the Senate.
“So much attention is given to New Jerseyans who are crooks and portray our state in a negative light. I see the Hall of Fame as a great opportunity to recognize the New Jerseyans who are rich in arts, culture and athletics, education and numerous other areas, which is evident by noting some of the famous people who were born here,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “The Hall of Fame would serve as a tribute to those New Jerseyans who have accomplished so much by making a positive impact around the world, and who continue to make us proud here in the Garden State.”
“We recognize sports leaders, now it’s time to promote the accomplishments of other individuals from New Jersey who have excelled in areas such as business, the arts, science and entertainment,” said Senator Kyrillos, R-Middletown. “There are so many individual achievements in this state from the American Revolution until now. We should honor those who have put New Jersey on the map through their accomplishments.”
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.
The measure was approved by the Senate Economic Growth Committee on March 7. It now awaits Assembly consideration.