TRENTON — A contingent of those already honored with a Turnpike service area, a "Seinfeld" star, astronaut brothers and a TV president are among the 50 nominees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Voting began Wednesday at the Hall of Fame website to whittle the list down to those who will be inducted into the Hall during a ceremony May 7 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park.

“Choosing just 50 nominees for the public vote has proven to be a challenge over the years. There are so many incredible New Jerseyans who have made their mark on our state, our country and the world,” said NJHOF Commission Chairman Bart Oates.

Among the nominees:

  • Mark & Scott Kelly from Orange, the first siblings to travel in space
  • "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander from Newark
  • "Live" host Kelly Ripa from Stratford
  • Businessman Steve Forbes
  • Late Princeton mathematician John Nash
  • Late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia from Trenton
  • Businessman, philanthropist Woody Johnson
  • Journalist Connie Chung from Middletown
  • "CBS Sunday Morning" retired host Charles Osgood
  • Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Vlocker from Cape May
  • Actor Ray Liotta of Newark
  • Singer Wyclef Jean of Newark
  • Basketball player Rick Barry from Elizabeth
  • Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, who lives in Franklin Lakes
  • Women's U.S. soccer team member Carli Lloyd from Delran
  • Journalist and poet Joyce Kilmer from New Brunswick, Molly Pitcher from Trenton and Richard Stockton from Galloway, all of whom have Turnpike service areas named after them

Voting ends on Sunday, Nov. 27 with the inductees announced in December. For the full list and to vote, click here.

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