Former Pru CEO Ryan, along with entertainment celebs Alexander, Stewart and Martin, headline N.J. Hall of Fame class

“A Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin, former Prudential CEO Art Ryan, actor Jason Alexander, TV personality Martha Stewart and former New York Giants George Martin and Bart Oates are among those selected for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, the organization announced Monday.

The class will be inducted Sunday, Oct. 27, during the 11th annual gala ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Tickets are to go on sale in early September.

During the announcement ceremony, Hall of Fame Chairman Jon F. Hanson announced that the NJHOF has reached $10 million in the fundraising campaign for its permanent museum at the American Dream entertainment and retail complex in East Rutherford.

The museum is scheduled to open in December 2020.

Here’s a look at the New Jersey Hall of Fame 2019 Class (with occupation and N.J. town):

Arts and letters

  • Author Peter Benchley**, Pennington;
  • Sports columnist Jerry Izenberg, Neptune;
  • “A Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin, Bayonne;
  • Photographer Timothy White, Fort Lee.


  • Businessman J. Fletcher Creamer Sr.**, Saddle River;
  • Businessman F.M. Kirby II**, Harding;
  • Restaurateur and entrepreneur Tim McLoone, Little Silver;
  • Businesswoman Mary Roebling**, Trenton;
  • Businessman Arthur F. Ryan, Newark;
  • Businesswoman/TV personality Martha Stewart, Nutley.

Performing arts

  • Actor Jason Alexander, Livingston;
  • Musician Southside Johnny Lyon, Neptune;
  • Musicians The Smithereens, Carteret and Scotch Plains.

Public service

  • Activist Elizabeth Allen**, Hoboken;
  • Physician and professor Victor Parsonnet, Newark.


  • New York Giant Harry Carson, Franklin Lakes;
  • Basketball player and coach Anne Donovan**, Ridgewood;
  • Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Old Bridge;
  • New York Giant Bart Oates, Harding.

Unsung hero

  • To be announced in early October.

** Being honored posthumously