2019-2020 Inductees

New Jersey Hall of Fame announces its incoming class of inductees

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has announced who the inductees are for the incoming Class of 2019-2020 – a who’s who of some of the Garden State’s best and brightest.

The 12th annual induction ceremony will be a 1-hour virtual pre-recorded ceremony that will take place on Sunday, October 18th, 2020, and will be broadcast on several television, radio and prominent social media platforms throughout New Jersey. The Class of 2019-2020’s Unsung Hero will be announced in early October.

“These Garden State heroes perfectly represent what makes our state great,” says Jon F. Hanson, chairman of the NJHOF. “It’s our privilege to honor these inductees for their outstanding contributions to our state.”

The New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2019-2020 is (with name, N.J. town):

Arts & Letters

  • Charles Addams*
    Charles Addams*
    Westfield, NJ
  • (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer*
    (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer*
    New Brunswick, NJ
  • Stephen Crane*
    Stephen Crane*
    Newark, NJ
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran Lebowitz
    Morristown, NJ
  • Mort Pye*
    Mort Pye*
    Tewksbury, NJ

Public Service

  • Milton Friedman*
    Milton Friedman*
    Rahway, NJ
  • Dr. Virginia Apgar*
    Dr. Virginia Apgar*
    Westfield, NJ
  • General Martin Dempsey
    General Martin Dempsey
    Bayonne, NJ
  • Sister Jane Frances Brady
    Sister Jane Frances Brady
    Paterson, NJ
  • Alfred E. Driscoll*
    Alfred E. Driscoll*
    Haddonfield, NJ


  • Fairleigh Dickinson*
    Fairleigh Dickinson*
    Rutherford, NJ
  • Linda Bowden
    Linda Bowden
    East Brunswick, NJ
  • Steve Kalafer
    Steve Kalafer
    Flemington, NJ
  • The Borg Family
    The Borg Family
    Hackensack, NJ
  • Joseph Simunovich*
    Joseph Simunovich*
    Hackensack, NJ


  • Richard “Rick” Dennis Barry III
    Richard “Rick” Dennis Barry III
    Roselle Park, NJ
  • Elisha “Eli” Nelson Manning
    Elisha “Eli” Nelson Manning
    Summit, NJ
  • Gerry Cooney
    Gerry Cooney
    Fanwood, NJ
  • Robert Mulcahy, III
    Robert Mulcahy, III
    Mendham, NJ
  • C. Vivian Stringer
    C. Vivian Stringer
    Piscataway, NJ

Performing Arts

  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris
    Tenafly, NJ
  • Ernie Kovacs*
    Ernie Kovacs*
    Trenton, NJ
  • Emily “Cissy” Houston
    Emily “Cissy” Houston
    Newark, NJ
  • Clerow “Flip” Wilson*
    Clerow “Flip” Wilson*
    Jersey City, NJ
  • John Amos
    John Amos
    Newark, NJ
  • The Nelson Family
    The Nelson Family
    Jersey City, NJ
  • Danny Aiello
    Danny Aiello
    Ramsey, NJ

* – Being honored posthumously.

In the case of someone who has been selected for the Hall but not inducted due to not being able to attend a previous ceremony, the NJHOF may add to the list of inductees prior to the Oct. 18 ceremony.