Event Brings Out Many Garden State Superstars
We're a little late on this story from our colleague at celebritymagnet.com, Tom Murro, from last Monday's NJ Hall of Fame induction ceremony....
A red carpet in Newark NJ, who would have ever thought??
Among those in attendance-Former Gov of NJ Brendan Byrne who seemed to take a real liking to Mrs NJ during our pic, his wife hurried him along. Former Governor Tom Kean and a very gracious Gov Chris Christie with his beautiful family-wife Mary and 2 daughters Sarah and Bridget.
My date for the night Mrs NJ and I were seated for dinner and drinks with The legendary man on the moon and Dancing with the stars Buzz Aldrin after the event- He was wearing 3 Omega Watches like the one he wore on the moon, I'm pretty sure he was the only guy in Newark that night to ever walk on the moon. He was also wearing crystal beads the he told me he wears to ward away evil spirits. CNN anchor Susan Hendricks asked Buzz Aldrin "Buzz, do you think NASA could send Snooki back to outer space?" Buzz replied "I know a few people in Washington," "Maybe we can do something about it."
Joe Piscopo- the poster child for NJ- Still quoting Sinatra in every sentence. During our pic together he said ''like Sinatra would say, lets put the pretty lady in the middle''
Sopranos star Vince Curatola shared his love for NJ with the audience,mentioning how his Sopranos charactor was Murdered in Upper Montclair , he also tried his hand at telling jokes. Co presenter writer Harlan Coban stood next to him saying- ''you may have been murdered in Upper Montclair but you died here tonight in Newark''
Inductee Queen Latifah, born in Newark and raised in East Orange, said New Jersey let her develop into the person she is, through failure and success.
"I think that’s one thing I learned in New Jersey — how to be fearless. I’m from Newark, I told you," she said.
Football legend Franco Harris was speaking, the announcer’s voice interrupted, claiming to be "God." There was a special guest Harris would want to speak with, God said. Out walked the honoree’s college football coach, Penn State’s Joe Paterno. "All I want to say is you’re honoring a great human being. He was all right as a football player," Paterno said.
Harry Carson said "You have to be tough" to be from New Jersey, who introduced inductee Joe Theismann. "If somebody gives you the finger, you have to give it back.".
There were many other special guests at ceremony, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York Jets hero Joe Namath. There were performances by Southside Johnny and Motown stars The Shirelles among others.