Kelly Ripa inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame

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It was a star-studded night in the Garden State, with A-listers being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The Induction was held Sunday night at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park.

Among the honorees was Camden County native Kelly Ripa, of "Live with Kelly and Ryan."

A humble Ripa pointed out that the best part of the evening was spending the night with her family and friends.

"I really am thrilled that I got to share the night with my parents and my children," she said. "I'm only sorry my husband isn't here - he's working, but it's nice to have all of my family and so many friends here."

Actor Ray Liotta, of Newark, and Middletown resident Connie Chung were among the other honorees.

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

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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