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Gandolfini, NBA Legend Top New Jeresy Hall of Fame Class



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    A late actor best known for portraying a New Jersey mobster, an NBA legend, a news icon and a former governor remembered for raising taxes are among the newest members of New Jersey's Hall of Fame.

    James Gandolfini of The Sopranos', former Gov. James Florio, basketball's Patrick Ewing and NBC news anchor Brian Williams were among the 12 selected by voters out of 50 nominees who have ties to New Jersey.

    Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, The Shirelles, author Dorothy Parker and chef Alice Waters are also among the class of 2014.

    "New Jersey Hall of Fame honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Recognizing these great New Jerseyans in such a distinguished and visible way brings this honor directly to our schools, and reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing,” said New Jersey Hall of Fame Commission Chairman Bart Oates.

    Since 2008, 80 people with ties to New Jersey have been inducted into the web-based hall. They include Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Toni Morrison, Buzz Aldrin and Yogi Berra.

    The induction ceremony is slated for Nov. 13 in Asbury Park.