Newly conceived NJ Hall of Fame inducts 15 of its finest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

New Jersey's Hall of Fame may exist in name only, but it already boasts a well-known set of inductees.

On the list of 15 famous Garden Staters are Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Yogi Berra, Toni Morrison and General Norman Schwarzkopf.

The hall is one of New Jersey's attempts to scrub itself of a tarnished reputation, a point noted in Springsteen's acceptance speech. He told the crowd at Newark's New Jersey Performing Arts Center, even with the Hall of Fame, "another bad Jersey joke" is lurking around the corner.

The Hall of Fame has no brick-and-mortar home, but officials are raising money to build a permanent museum. The first class was chosen through an online vote after 25 finalists were announced in 2006.

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