New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2011

Here is a list of the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees:

Martha Stewart and 12 other notables will be inducted June 5 into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. That will bring to 56 the number of individuals honored since the first induction ceremony in 2008.

“It’s a charming honor,” Stewart tells New Jersey Monthly. “And it’s also nice to let people know who actually started in New Jersey. And there are a lot of really, really great people who have grown up in New Jersey.”
Individuals are nominated for the Hall of Fame by a special voting academy from a list of worthy names compiled by a panel of experts in five categories: arts and entertainment, enterprise, general, historical and sports. The public then votes online for the final honorees.

Tickets for the ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark can be purchased through NJPAC (888-GO-NJPAC); ticket packages, which include valet parking, priority seating, and access to the red carpet and a post-event party, can be purchased at

Here are the 2011 inductees:

Arts and Entertainment:

Tony Bennett, singer; Englewood

Queen Latifah, R&B/hip-hop artist and actress; Newark, East Orange

John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, jazz guitarist; Paterson, Saddle River

John Travolta, actor; Englewood

Bruce Willis, actor; Penns Grove


Leon Hess, Hess Corporation founder and former owner of the New York Jets; Asbury Park

Martha Stewart, businesswoman, author and television personality; Nutley


Brendan Byrne, New Jersey’s 47th governor; West Orange

Mary Higgins Clark, author; Saddle River, Spring Lake

William “Bull” Halsey, admiral, U.S. Navy; Elizabeth


John Basilone, U.S. Marines gunnery sergeant; Raritan


Franco Harris, pro football star; Fort Dix

Joe Theismann, pro football star and sportscaster; New Brunswick

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