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Posted: May 08, 2017

Ripa, Liotta, Chung among New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees

Wyclef Jean performs at the NJ Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, N.J. Jean is one of 15 inductees in the Class of 2016 ceremony. (Bernadette Marciniak/NJ Advance Media via AP)
Wyclef Jean performs at the NJ Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, N.J. Jean is one of 15 inductees in the Class of 2016 ceremony. (Bernadette Marciniak/NJ Advance Media via AP)

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Camden County native Kelly Ripa and her father Joseph Ripa at the NJ Hall of Fame red carpet at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday,, May 7, 2017, in Asbury Park, N.J. Ripa is one of 15 inductees in the Class of 2016 ceremony.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016, file photo, Connie Chung attends the 24th Annual 'A Night at Sardi's' held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. New Jersey's Hall of Fame honored its newest members including Camden County native Kelly Ripa, actor Ray Liotta of Newark and Middletown resident Chung on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, Kelly Ripa arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. New Jersey's Hall of Fame honored its newest members including Camden County native Ripa, actor Ray Liotta of Newark and Middletown resident Connie Chung on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

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FILE - In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, file photo, Actor Ray Liotta participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the television series 'Shades of Blue' at AOL Studios in New York. New Jersey's Hall of Fame honored its newest members including Camden County native Kelly Ripa, Liotta of Newark and Middletown resident Connie Chung on Sunday, May 7.

The Associated Press

ASBURY PARK, N.J. —

New Jersey's Hall of Fame has honored its newest members with songs and speeches.

Camden County native Kelly Ripa, actor Ray Liotta of Newark and Middletown resident Connie Chung were among the honorees at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Sunday night.

Inductee Wyclef Jean spoke of his father bringing the family to New Jersey from Haiti and he performed an acoustic rendition of "No Woman No Cry." Fellow inductee Tommy James sang "Mony Mony."

The hall does not have a permanent home, but the induction ceremony has been hosted by Asbury Park for the last three years.

Novelist Carol Higgins Clark, boxer Chuck Wepner, Olympian Carol Blazejowski and New York Waterway founder Arthur Imperatore were among the 2016 class.

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This story has been corrected to show novelist Carol Higgins Clark, not her mother, Mary, was inducted into the 2016 New Jersey Hall of Fame.


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