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People who were born, raised or lived in New Jersey.
Government - Polticians - Jurists Aaron Burr (1756 - 1836) VP of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, born in Newark. Grover Cleveland (1837 - 1908) The 22nd and 24th President of the United States; born in Caldwell moved to NY State. Woodrow Wilson - Born in VA - Governor of NJ 1911-13, President of U.S. 1913-1921 Bill Bradley - Born in a suburb of St. Louis - Princeton U. and NY Knicks Basketball Star NJ Senator 1979-97 Ran in the 2000 presidential primaries, opposing incumbent Vice President Al Gore Millicent Fenwick - b. 1910 New York - Raised in Bernardsville. Served four terms, 1974-1980 as republican congresswoman from Bernardsville Was a champion of Civil Rights and the Environment. Walter Cronkite called her "the conscience of Congress." (Gary Trudeau modeled his Doonesbury cartoon character Lacey Davenport after her) William J. Brennan, Jr. (1906-1997), U.S. Supreme Court justice (Newark) Antonin Scalia (born 1936), U.S. Supreme Court justice (Trenton) Samuel Alito (born 1950), U.S. Supreme Court justice (Trenton) Thomas Kean (born 1935), former governor, 9/11 Commission chairman (Bedminster) Barney Frank (born 1940), Massachusetts congressman (Bayonne) John Brennan (born 1954 North Bergen), current Deputy National Security Adviser Business - philanthropists Joseph Campbell (1817 - 1900) Founder of the Campbell Soup Company; born in Camden County. James W. Marshall (1810 - 1885) discovered gold in California, Hunterdon Malcolm Forbes - b. 1919 Brooklyn, Grew up in Englewood. - Publisher, businessman, ... Steve Forbes - b. 1947 Morristown - Publisher, businessman, ... He was a Republican candidate in the U.S. Presidential primaries in 1996 and 2000 Doris Duke - b.1912 New York - Spent time at residences in Beverly Hills, Honolulu and her 2,700 acre estate in Hillsborough. William Henry Vanderbilt financier, New Brunswick Son of railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt who had moved from Staten Island to New Jersey Steve Tisch (born 1949), Chairman for the New York Giants; also a producer (Lakewood) Dave Thomas (1932-2002), founder of the Wendy's (b. Atlantic City, grew up around the country) Scientists Thomas Edison - b. Ohio 1847 - moved to NJ in 1860's Albert Einstein (b. 1879 Württemberg, Germany - d. 1955) Physicist, moved to Princeton in 1933. Jerome Kagan (born 1929), pioneer in the field of developmental psychology (Newark) Carl Sagan (1934-1996), astronomer/astrochemist/author (Ithaca, New York, grew up in Rahway) See "New Jersey Telecommunications Research" for nobel prize winners and others at places like Bell Labs (6 nobel prizes) and RCA Sarnoff Labs responsible for developments leading to the birth of the digital age. Military - Astronat Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin astronaut, Montclair William Frederick Halsey, Jr. admiral, Elizabeth Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (born 1934) U.S. general, (Trenton) Writers - Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900) Author most famous for The Red Badge of Courage; born in Newark Joyce Kilmer - b. 1886 New Brunswick, d. 1918 France - Poet James Fenimore Cooper author, Burlington Norman Mailer author, b. Long Branch, raised in Brooklyn Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet (Paterson) Philip Roth (born 1933), author (Newark) Entertainers TV personalities Jon Stewart - Born in NY - grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey Bill Maher - Born in NY - grew up in River Vale, New Jersey, Stephen Colbert (b. Charleston, South Carolina), lives in Montclair Martha Stewart (born 1941) lifestyle guide, entrepreneur (b. Jersey City, grew up in Nutley) Actors/actress'/producers/directors Jack Nicholson actor, (b. New York City, grew up in Neptune City) Michael Douglas (born 1944), Academy Award-winning actor, producer (New Brunswick) Meryl Streep - b. 1949 Summit John Travolta (1954 - ) Actor born in Englewood. Danny DeVito (born 1944), actor (Neptune City) Mary McCormack (born 1969), actress, (Plainfield) Joe Pesci (born 1943), actor (Newark) Joe Piscopo (born 1951), actor, (Passaic) Keshia Knight Pulliam (born 1979), actress (Newark) Tom Cruise (born 1962), actor (Syracuse, New York, grew up in Glen Ridge) Brooke Shields (born 1965), actress, (New York City, grew up in Englewood) Steven Spielberg (born 1946 Cincinnati, partly raised in Haddon Township) Bruce Willis (born 1955), actor (Idar-Oberstein, Germany, grew up in Penns Grove) Alan Alda (b. New York City, New York), lives in Leonia Eddie Murphy (b. New York City, New York), lives in Englewood Wesley Snipes (b. Orlando, Florida), lives in Alpine Comedians Bud Abbott (1895-1974), actor/comedian (Asbury Park) Lou Costello (1906-1959), comedian, actor (Paterson) Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962), comedian (Trenton) Jerry Lewis (born 1926), actor/comedian/director (Newark) Chris Rock (b. Andrews, South Carolina), lives in Alpine Musicians - Singers Frank Sinatra - b. 1915 Hoboken Paul Simon (1941 - ) singer born in Newark raised in Queens. Whitney Houston - b. 1963 Newark, grew up in East Orange Bruce Springsteen - b. 1949 Long Branch - singer songwriter Carole King - b. NY City, (moved to West Orange in the 60's) Frankie Valli - b. 1934 Newark - singer Count Basie (1904-1984), jazz pianist, organist, bandleader (Red Bank) Ice-T rapper, Newark, moved to Calif. Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962), musician (Perth Amboy) Sarah Vaughan singer, Newark Connie Francis (born 1938), pop singer (Newark) Dionne Warwick actress, singer, East Orange Queen Latifah (born 1970), singer/actress/rapper (Newark) Ricky Nelson (1940-1985), singer/actor (Teaneck) Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976) The first black all-American football player, singer, actor, Princeton Sarah Chang (b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), lives in Cherry Hill James "J.T." Taylor (b. Laurens, South Carolina), lives in Franklin Lakes Stevie Wonder (b. Saginaw, Michigan), lives in Alpine Dancers Patricia McBride ballerina, Teanick Savion Glover (born 1973), actor, tap dancer and choreographer (Newark) Atheletes Michael Chang - b. 1972 Hoboken - Tennis - Youngest winner of the French Open Phil Rizzuto - b. 1917 Hillside, NJ - Baseball Bobby Thomson - b. 1923 d. 2010 Watchung, NJ - Baseball Born in Scotland, raised in Staten Island, Thomson lived in Watchung for 50 years. Yogi Berra - born in St. Louis 1925 - moved to Montclair 1959 Derek Jeter - b. 1974 Pequannock, NJ moved to Mich.- Baseball Orel Hershiser (born 1958), baseball (b. Buffalo, NY, raised in Cherry Hill) Bill Parcells - b. 1941 Englewood, NJ - Football coach Rick Barry - b. 1944 Elizabeth, NJ - Basketball - 12-time All Star Shaquille O'Neal - b. 1972 Newark, NJ - Basketball Carl Lewis - b. Alabama, went to high school in NJ - 8 time Olympic gold medalist Marty Liquori - b. 1949 Cedar Grove, NJ - Track and Field distance runner Renaldo "Skeets" Nehemiah - b. 1959 Newark, NJ - World record in 110m hurdles Mary Decker (Slaney) - b. 1958 Bunnvale, NJ moved to California- The only athlete ever to hold every American record from 800 m to 10,000 m 1980 women's world record for the mile, running a 4:17.55 Richard "Dick" Button - 2 olympic ice skating gold medals Vince Lombardi - b. 1913 d. 1970 Englewood, NJ- coach of Green Bay Packers Joe Theismann - b. 1949 South River, NJ - led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. Amos Alonzo Stagg football coach, West Orange Joe Flacco (born 1985), quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens (Audubon) Shonn Greene (born 1985), running back for the New York Jets (Sicklerville) Franco Harris (born 1950), former football player (Fort Dix) Mike Bibby (born 1978), point guard for the Atlanta Hawks (Cherry Hill) Mark Donohue - b. 1937 Haddon Township, NJ - Race car champion "Jersey Joe" Walcott - b. 1914 Merchantville, NJ - Boxing Donna Weinbrecht - b. 1965 Hoboken, NJ - Olympic Gold medalist in freestyle skiing Dennis Rodman (born 1961), former professional basketball player (Trenton) Muhammad Ali (b. Louisville, Kentucky), lives in Cherry HillFamous Residents of Somerset Hills
Many more at: List of people from New Jersey - Wikipedia
Bob Lucky, former Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies executive, says in "New Jersey and Research - Together no Longer?":
New Jersey is considered the birthplace of the industrial research laboratory. In the early years of the last century Thomas Edison, the "Wizard of Menlo Park", founded the first industrial research laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. Although Edison is usually seen as the prototypical lone inventor, he had a staff of researchers who worked with him on a great variety of inventions. Edison is credited with over a thousand US patents, including fundamental patents on the telegraph, the motion picture projector, the phonograph, and of course, the electric light."
He goes on to site many of the discoveries at Bell Labs (6 Nobel Prizes), RCA's David Sarnoff Labs, and early pioneers such as Edison and Marconi.
Both Bell Labs and Sarnoff have been significantly downsized.
Pharmaceuticals: Despite a series of recent mergers and acquisitions the Pharmaceutical industry continues to grow with companies like: Merck Schering-Plough (now part of Merck) Johnson & Johnson - Health Care Products & Pharmaceuticals Wyeth Sanofi-Aventis Novartis Links: Famous People from New Jersey Famous New Jersey People New Jerseyites List of people from New Jersey - Wikipedia Famous Residents of Somerset Hills New Jersey Sport Celebrities New Jersey Telecommunications Research NJ Business Portal | Pharmaceutical Industry NJ Business Portal | Communications Industry List of films set in New Jersey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia