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|Nicholson, Bon Jovi, Shaq nominated for NJ Hall
TRENTON, N.J. - Actor Jack Nicholson, rock 'n' roller Jon Bon Jovi and basketball pro Shaquille O'Neal are among 30 nominees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.
Members of the public will help select the 10 inductees for the Hall's second class by voting online through Nov. 30.
"As with our first class of nominees presented in 2007, this assemblage of New Jersey Hall of Fame nominees is indeed impressive," said Bart Oates, chairman of the hall's board of commissioners. "The people of our state should be proud of these New Jerseyans and can find great role models from all walks of life."
The nominees are from the fields of arts and entertainment, sports, history and enterprise. Only people who lived in the Garden State for at least five years are eligible, though current residency is not required, said spokesman Don Smith.
The hall inducted 15 members into its inaugural class last year, including Bruce Springsteen, Yogi Berra and Frank Sinatra.
This year's nominees include political activist Paul Robeson, writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Whitman and Philip Roth, entertainers Jerry Lewis, Count Basie and Bud Abbott, and athletes Althea Gibson (tennis) and Carl Lewis (track).
The nominees were culled from a list of more than 160 potential Hall of Famers compiled over three years. The organization's Voting Academy, made up of more than 100 state organizations, whittled the list to 30 names , six in each of five categories.
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