The Smithereens, Southside Johnny, Martha Stewart and Tim McLoone Announces as NJ Hall of Fame Inductees

Southside Johnny and The Smithereens are set to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame at the 11th annual ceremony to be held  at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park Oct. 27.

Oher inductees including author and television personality Martha Stewart, “Game of Thrones” novelist George R.R. Martin, former Giants linebacker Harry Carson, “Seinfeld” co-star Jason Alexander and local restaurateur Tim McLoone.

The list of inductees were announced this morning at a ceremony at Newark Airport.

“I’d rather be in the New Jersey Hall of Fame than in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, because at least I know the people care about me here,” said Southside Johnny. “I just wish it came with a check.”

The Smithereend induction is long overdue. Front man, Pat DiNizio, sadly passed away in 2017.

“Being recognized by the friends and fans of the state that bred us means the world to us,” said The Smithereens’ drummer Dennis Diken.

“As a lifelong resident, I am honored to represent New Jersey on behalf of all the hard working, talented, and passionate musicians of our great state,” said The Smithereens’ Jim Babjak.

Inductees:

ARTS AND LETTERS: Peter Benchley, George R.R. Martin, Jerry Izenberg, Timothy White

ENTERPRISE: J. Fletcher Creamer Sr., F.M. Kirby II, Tim McLoone, Arthur F. Ryan, Mary Roebling, Martha Stewart

PERFORMING ARTS: Southside Johnny, The Smithereens, Jason Alexander, Elizabeth Allen

PUBLIC SERVICE: Victor Parsonnet

SPORTS: Harry Carson, Laurie Hernandez, Bart Oates, Anne Donovan