Stephen Colbert, Steven Van Zandt among NJ Hall of Fame nominees



Stephen Colbert, Steven Van Zandt, Stephen Crane and Steve Forbes are among the nominees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s class of 2018. According to the Hall, the winner in each category, as voted by the public, is guaranteed induction.

The inductees will be announced in December, and the ceremony will take place in May.

The inclusion of Van Zandt seems a little odd, since The E Street Band was chosen for induction five years ago (Bruce Springsteen was inducted separately). Similarly, The Four Seasons have been nominated, even though Frankie Valli is already in, on his own.

Meanwhile, New Jersey artists such as Southside Johnny and The Smithereens remain unnominated. As well as people such as “Uncle Floyd” Vivino, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Lauryn Hill, James Moody, John Pizzarelli, Patti Smith, John Scher, Debbie Harry, Lesley Gore, The Isley Brothers, Kevin Smith and The Rascals.

Anyway, here are the nominees. You can vote for one person per category:


Charles Addams
Harlan Coben
Stephen Crane
Janet Evanovich
Joyce Kilmer
Fran Lebowitz
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Charles Osgood
George Segal


Anthony Bourdain
James E. Burke
Fairleigh S. Dickinson
Steve Forbes
Jon F. Hanson
Dr. Victor Parsonnet
Mary Roebling
Henry Rowan
Thomas Watson, Sr.
Paul Volcker


George Benson
Stephen Colbert
Tom Cruise
The Four Seasons
Gloria Gaynor
Ed Harris
Nathan Lane
Ozzie & Ricky Nelson
Flip Wilson
Steven Van Zandt


Dorothea Lynde Dix
Alfred Driscoll
Millicent Fenwick
Louis Freeh
Richard J. Hughes
William Livingston
Clara Maas
William Paterson
Antonin Scalia
Richard Stockton


Rick Barry
Harry Carson
Gerry Cooney
Mary Decker
Al Leiter
Monte Irvin
Jerry Izenberg
Carli Lloyd
Willis Reed
Phil Simms

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Roma Hart November 2, 2017 - 10:12 am

Stephen Colbert is most deserving of this award. His humour , his integrity , his deep caring of the human race and sincere desire to educate and uplift people should be applauded and recognized.

John November 2, 2017 - 7:01 pm

Colbert is the VERY LEAST deserving one on the list .

Caroline November 3, 2017 - 8:05 pm

How or where do you vote? Is this for US people only to vote?

Reply November 3, 2017 - 9:58 pm Reply

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