Former MLB Pitcher and current analyst, Al Leiter, who is also a board member of the NJ Hall of Fame, joined Bill Spadea to promote the induction ceremony, coming up May 7 in Asbury Park.

The hall will welcome 15 new members of famous New Jerseyans this year, including Kelly Ripa, Ray Liotta, Connie Chung, singer Connie Francis, soccer star Carli Lloyd and many more.

Al also talks about how great the diversity of the state is. Al was born in Toms River, went to Central Regional High School in Berkley Township and is proud of his home state. Leiter said that over the years he's had a sensitivity to protecting his home state as "it seemed I was always defending where I came from," as Al put it. That is something many NJ residents, like myself can attest to.  So when  Governor Christie asked him to be part of the NJ HOF, he was very proud to be part of it.

You can listen to the interview in the YouTube clip above. To learn more information about the NJ HOF and and induction ceremony on May 7 in Asbury Park, click here.

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