New Jersey Hall of Fame

The public is invited to vote on the final nominations for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The public can cast their ballots now through May 31 for nominees in five categories: Arts and Letters, Enterprise, Performing Arts, Public Service.

The candidates receiving the most votes in each category will automatically be induced and honorees will be formally inducted during a red carpet event to be held in October.

The inductees will be announced in June.

Past inductees from Atlantic County include Peace Pilgrim, an Egg Harbor City woman who spent 27 years as a penniless pilgrim, walking across the U.S. seven times in the name of peace. She was inducted in 2016 in the Public Service category.

Lewis Katz

Also, in 2015, businessman and philanthropist Lewis Katz, who summered in Longport for many years, formed the Boys and Girls Club of Camden, where he grew up, and was a major contributor to Jewish causes, was inducted in the Enterprise category. He died in a plane crash in 2015, which also took the life of his friend Anne Leeds of Longport, the wife of Commissioner James Leeds.

This year’s nominees include local notables, author Gay Talese of Ocean City in the Arts and Letters category; businessman Henry Rowan, for whom Rowan University is named, in the Enterprise category; Broadway actress and television star Bebe Neuwirth in the Performing Arts category; Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, for whom Stockton University is named, in the Public Service category; and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and Blue Heron Pines Golf Course owner Ron Jaworski in the Sports category.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.