ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

What do Jason Alexander, George R.R. Martin and Laurie Hernandez have in common?

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

On a rainy Monday at Newark Airport, Gov. Phil Murphy joined the president of the New Jersey Hall of Fame in announcing the 11th class of inductees.

Some of the names on the list include: actor Jason Alexander from Seinfeld, Olympic gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, Harry Carson from the New York Giants and members of the Smithereens.

The mission of the ceremony is not only to recognize people in sports and entertainment, but also public service. People like Dr. Victor Parsonnet who completed the first medical procedures in New Jersey, such as heart and kidney transplants.

New Jersey Hall of Fame President Steve Edwards says the process of choosing the inductees takes about three months, adding that they want to send a message to children that they can “reach the pinnacle in any walk of life.”

Travelers going through all three terminals of Newark Airport will be able to see 300 posters related to the Hall of Fame, as well as interact with holograms of the inductees. The Hall of Fame is also on track to build a permanent museum at the American Dream Complex in East Rutherford, which is expected to open at the end of next year.