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NJ Hall of Famers to be featured in $400K Newark Airport exhibit

BY NJTV News Staff

The New Jersey Hall of Fame will receive a state-of-the-art exhibition at Newark Liberty International Airport thanks to a $400,000 Arts Project Support grant from the state. Gov. Christie announced Tuesday it will feature people who have made significant contributions to the Garden State and to the world in business, government, entertainment and sports.

“New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees, people who we are most proud of in this state, have made significant and vitally important contributions to our state’s quality of life, our society in general and to the world,” said Christie. “This new exhibition will welcome domestic and international travelers to our state, giving them the opportunity to learn more about who we are in New Jersey and our state’s history, and it will further instill a sense of Jersey pride for all New Jersey residents.”

The exhibit will include posters, videos, an electronic wall of fame with virtual reality headsets and five hologram units. Holograms in both Terminals B and C will feature Hall of Fame inductees such as astronaut Mark Kelly and recording artist Wyclef Jean. The interactive exhibit will give airport patrons the ability to learn more through questions and recorded answers.

The exhibition will be installed over the next year, with the first two hologram units this month [December] and three additional by the end of March 2018.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also provided funding for the project and designated terminal areas to the Hall of Fame for the establishment of this public education exhibit.

Notable inductees include Thomas Edison, Yogi Berra, Norman Schwarzkopf, Bruce Springsteen, Count Basie, Vince Lombardi, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, and Whitney Houston.

“Newark Liberty Airport is an essential economic engine for the Garden State, generating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” said Christie. “This new cultural enhancement is just another step in our efforts to ensure the airport has the most advanced, up-to-date terminals to meet the needs of modern-day travelers.”