New Jersey Hall of Fame to Open to Public June 28

The New Jersey Hall of Fame unveiled its Entertainment and Learning Center on June 18 at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ, before a crowd of supporters, Inductees, and elected officials, including Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy. The Center will be open to the public on June 28th.  

“We are incredibly excited that America’s first state-focused Entertainment and Learning Center will be right here in the Garden State,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Located at American Dream, the space will embrace our rich history and celebrate the achievements of over 230 outstanding New Jerseyans. This Center will serve as a testament to our one-of-a-kind entertainment culture and supply knowledge and inspiration for generations to come.” 

The 10,000-square-foot Entertainment and Learning Center, now the permanent home for New Jersey Hall of Fame Inductees features a simulated space ride called “Fly Me to the Moon,” where visitors can experience the thrill of space travel. The Hall also boasts exhibits such as Everyday Heroes, Late Night Jersey TV, Jersey Proud Theater, Boardwalk Shop, and Hometown Tour. $20 million in funding was raised through a combination of State grants and private donations from sponsors.

A karaoke stage will also give fans an opportunity to sing alongside holograms of Gloria Gaynor, Wyclef Jean, Frankie Valli, and other musical legends. Also, for those interested in the arts, visitors can interview holograms of Jon Bon Jovi, Danny DeVito, Jason Alexander, Connie Chung, Laurie Hernandez, and other notable Jersey greats in the “Late Night Jersey” Television Studio. 

“Through education and entertainment, we are inspiring people to realize their dreams by becoming their best,” added Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “So, there’s no better place to be than here at American Dream!” 

“The State of New Jersey boasts a rich history full of iconic moments and legendary heroes, which will now be celebrated for the world to see at American Dream,” notes Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream. “We are excited to inspire our guests with leading entertainers, athletes, and influential individuals from the arts, education, science, and public service sectors at this one-of-a-kind Entertainment and Learning Center.” 

Added President Steve Edwards, “The soul of the New Jersey Hall of Fame mission is based on the concept of Areté, Ancient Greek wisdom that means the act of actualizing one’s highest and best sense of self, with a moral excellence of character, and for the greater good. Our Inductees have indeed realized their Areté, and are heroes who inspire others to do the same.” 

The New Jersey Hall of Fame is located on Court G, Level 3, next door to Oreo Café (overlooking Nickelodeon Universe).

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