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Comedian Chris Rock, actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Anne Hathaway, Seinfeld star Jason Alexander, and the Anthony Bourdain are among the latest nominees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
The organization recently announced its list of 50 nominees for the 11th class on Friday, and inductees will be announced this coming January.

Other nominees include actor Danny Aiello; singer Patti Smith; “Jaws” author Peter Benchley; writer Gay Talese; former NBA player Rick Barry; former NBA Commissioner David Stern and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.


In the category of arts and letters, nominees include: Stephen Crane, author of “Red Badge of Courage”; journalist and poet Joyce Kilmer; author Fran Lebowitz; Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the author, aviator, and wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh; author George R.R. Martin, whose series of fantasy was adapted into the television series “Game of Thrones”; and mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr.

In the enterprise category, nominees include Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., former president of baseball’s National League; restaurateur and philanthropist Tim McLoone; and cardiac surgeon Dr. Victor Parsonnet.

In the performing arts category, nominees include actor Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones”; rock band The Smithereens; and singer Phoebe Snow.
Congratulations to all of the New Jersey Hall of Fame nominees.