The New Jersey Hall of Fame honored almost a dozen inductees at a star-studded gala ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The inductees included Count Basie, Judy Blume, Justice William Brennan, Danny DeVito, Larry Doby, Michael Graves, Carl Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Alice Paul, Les Paul, Susan Sarandon, Wally Schirra, Frankie Valli and President Woodrow Wilson. Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie were the hosts of the glamorous event.
In addition to the inductees, many other notables were in attendance including previous inductees Buzz Aldrin and Yogi Berra, along with Candice Bergen, Judy Gold, Fran Lebowitz, Bill White, Vivica Fox, John Crowley, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Damian Kulash, Patty Scialfa, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Dr. Greg Olsen, Governor Brendan Byrne, Harlan Coben and Mary Higgins Clark. The induction of Justice William Brennan was made by New Jersey’s own Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
The always popular Hubcaps retuned as the stage band and were joined by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph for two crowd pleasers. The Rusty Paul Band paid tribute to the great Les Paul with numbers featuring vibes virtuoso Jason Taylor, legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and famed Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. A surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen had the audience on its feet.
(Photo: Ace and his girlfriend, Rachel Gordon arrive at the ceremony. WireImage.com)