If you’re getting props in New Jersey, you know it’s kind of a big deal; we are not an easily impressed bunch. But these folks have made their mark on the Garden State – from which they hail – and beyond, earning them a spot in the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
The institution announced its Class of 2022 honorees across six categories Aug. 2.
The 14th Annual Induction Ceremony will be held virtually this year but the public will be able to join in the celebration via broadcast on My9NJ and NJ PBS as well as across radio and social media platforms. The initial airing is set for the end of October, with all air dates for the program to be announced after Labor Day.
The organization said it is looking forward to returning to a live, in-person program in 2023.
“New Jersey is never at a loss for heroes and role models for coming generations,” NJHOF Chairman Jon Hanson said in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate the lives and contributions of these notable New Jersey luminaries throughout the state, at our terminals and Parkway service areas, and next year at our Entertainment and Learning Center at American Dream.”
Meet the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2022:
- Ron Jaworski – Voorhees
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and National Football League (NFL) analyst
- Heather O’Reilly – East Brunswick
Professional soccer player and three-time Olympic medalist
- Chelsea Handler – Livingston
Award-winning comedian, television host, best-selling author and advocate
- Max Weinberg – Newark
Drummer and television personality
- Ralph Izzo – Cranbury
Businessman and former nuclear physicist
- Dr. Roy Vagelos – Westfield,
Physician and business executive
- The Unanue Family – Alpine, Ridgefield Park
Founder of Goya Foods
- Gov. Richard Hughes – Florence Township
Lawyer, politician and judge
- Dorothea Dix – Trenton
Nurse and advocate for mentally ill
Arts & Letters
- Margaret Bourke-White – Bound Brook
Photographer and documentary photographer
- Walter Dean Myers – Jersey City
Writer of children’s books and young adult literature
- NJ Medal of Honor Recipients
Hughes, Dix, Bourke-White and Myers distinctions are being awarded posthumously. Jaworski is a previous inductee, but will be formally inducted this year.