Governor Phil Murphy Declares Today as ‘Bon Jovi Day’ in New Jersey

As Bon Jovi is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, Governor Phil Murphy has declared that today (April 14) is Bon Jovi Day in New Jersey.

The announcement was made on Friday night at a private event at the the historic 925 Building. It was a surprise for the group, which included  Jon Bon Jovi (his wife and four children), David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such  (who will all be inducted tonight in Cleveland).

Other VIP guests included the Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy; sports icons Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, Bill
Belichick, and Charlie Weiss; music giants Irving Azoff, David Massey, Rob Light, Paul Korzilius, Ken Sunshine; and close personal friends Michael Feldman and wife Savannah Guthrie.

In a toast, Guthrie said that there isn’t a hall of fame big enough for Jon when one considers his philanthropy, legacy, impact
on popular culture and trends, and his loyalty. She added that he should also be in the Hall of Fame for “Wife-Picking” in a nod to Dorothea, and in the Hall of Fame for Procreating as Jon’s four children beamed. Another laugh was shared when members of the band sang “Inducted! It’s about time….” to the tune of “Wanted! Dead or Alive…”

Bon Jovi is set to be inducted tonight along with The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.