Meryl Streep, Debbie Harry among NJ Hall of Fame inductees

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Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, former New York Yankees pitcher Al Leiter and E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt are among the newest members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the inductees at an event Tuesday.

The class of 2017 also includes singers Debbie Harry and Frankie Valli and "Cake Boss" reality TV star Buddy Valastro for the performing arts. Authors Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen represent arts and letters.

The inductees for public service are astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, late Republican Rep. Millicent Fenwick and Army nurse Clara Maass, who died as a result of volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever.

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Other class members are real estate developer Jon Hanson, magazine publisher Steve Forbes, politician Joe Buckelew and running champion Mary Decker.

“As Gov. Kean used to say, when people feel good about where they come from, they feel good about themselves and they think anything is possible,” says Hall of Fame board member Steven Edwards.

Newark Liberty International Airport is about to open an exhibit in partnership with the New Jersey Hall of fame. Organizers say that they hope that it inspires a new generation of New Jerseyans.

All will be inducted during a ceremony in May.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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