We know that New Jersey has plenty of home grown superstars, but do you know who the most famous person from your county is? Well, NJ.com put together a list of the most well known celebrities from each of the Garden State’s 21 counties, and some of them may surprise you!
Here’s a few, and we encourage you to check out all of them for some fun boldface name trivia!
Kelly Ripa is the most famous person to come out of Camden County, with runners up Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and writer Mitch Albom. Kelly is from Stratford and is a graduate of Voorhies’ Eastern Regional High School. She got her professional start as an actress on All My Children and is now the host of Live with Kelly and one of the most recognizable faces on TV. Here she is looking summer gorgeous with husband Mark Consuelos:
Basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal, a.k.a. Shaq, is our biggest export from Essex County; runners up were comedian Jerry Lewis, writer Philip Roth and singers Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah and Frankie Valli. Shaq was born in Newark and went on to become a household name due to has taken on the court. In 2015, he gave back by launching Project IMPACT, which helps Newark residents become part of local labor unions.
Hailing from Middlesex County is Jon Bon Jovi, from Perth Amboy (birth name: John Francis Bongiovi), who led his band Bon Jovi to international fame and continues to rock out. Fans are eagerly awaiting the group’s next album, This House is Not For Sale. Runners up were iconic actress Susan Sarandon and magician David Copperfield.
Also check out this fun video featuring Jersey’s biggest names: