N.J. Hall of Fame 2017: Stephen Colbert, Gloria Gaynor among 50 nominees (PHOTOS)

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 09:54:14 PM. The nominees, who all have some connection to the state, are up for a vote on the hall's website
Update, 1:20 p.m. Nov. 3: Traveling foodie Anthony Bourdain (who grew up in Leonia) got a nod in the enterprise category, but asked that he not be included because he would not be able to attend the induction ceremony. The hall of fame erroneously listed Bourdain on the ballot before replacing him with Joseph Buckelew (Lakewood/Manasquan), chairman of Conor Strong and Buckelew, an insurance and risk management firm, and a GOP powerbroker who has a history of media ownership. "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert may soon be able to add "New Jersey Hall of Famer" to his resume, if the people of the state see fit to vote him through.  Colbert, who lives in Montclair, is just one of 50 nominees for the state hall of fame, whose 2017 class is now open for voting at njhalloffame.org/2017-nominees. (You can see photos of all the nominees in the gallery above.) There are 41 men and 10 women nominated this year for the New Jersey Hall of Fame (one of the nominations, for Ozzie and Ricky Nelson, includes two people) in five categories, encompassing business greats, athletes, actors, musicians and politicians. Living or not, those who claim the most votes will be inducted in May. The 2016 class had 13 inductees. In the sports category, soccer great, World Cup Champion and gold medalist Carli Lloyd of Delran is up for a vote alongside longtime Giants quarterback Phil Simms and linebacker Harry Carson. Also nominated: Star-Ledger columnist emeritus Jerry Izenberg, one of two columnists to...Read more
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