New Jersey breaks ground on shrine to Garden State greats

September 26, 2018 - 2:12 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (1010 WINS) -- The New Jersey Hall of Fame broke ground on Wednesday, on its new home at the American Dream complex in the Meadowlands.

Hall President Steve Edwards said the organization has been a bit of a nomad.

"In addition to the annual induction ceremony where we induct 15 people a year, we have had a mobile museum that travels around New Jersey, we had 300,000 people that have come and visited the mobile museum, but this is our permanent home, so this is the next level for the New Jersey Hall of Fame," he said.

In the past the hall has held induction ceremonies at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, the NJPAC, and the Newark Museum with Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Jack Nicholson among those enshrined in its non-existent halls.

"I am deeply excited that American Dream will become the New Jersey Hall of Fame's permanent home,"Phil Murphy said, "New Jerseyans will learn about the distinguished inductees, who will inspire residents to be the next generation of New Jersey leaders."

The first hall of fame class was inducted in 2008, and a 10th anniversary was celebrated in May.

The American Dream will also include a Legoland Discovery Center, DreamWorks Water Park, and Sealife Aquarium.