Nominees announced for N.J. Hall of Fame

    From an award-winning singer who died too soon to a former president best known as a rest stop on a toll road, the 51 people nominated to be inducted into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame are a diverse bunch.

    The one thing they have in common: They lived in New Jersey at some point.

    The public has until May 3 to make their choices among five categories online at NJHallofFame.org.

    The nominees include Whitney Houston, Alan Alda, Joe Pesci and Brook Shields representing entertainment.

    Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells and figure skating legend Dick Button are in the sports category.

    Aaron Burr, who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, is in the history category along with President Grover Cleveland, the namesake of a New Jersey Turnpike service area.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.