9 famous New Jersey vegetarians and vegans

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Over the last decade, being a vegetarian (someone who doesn’t eat red meat, poultry or fish) or vegan (someone who doesn’t eat the aforementioned nor any animal products, including eggs and dairy) has become more and more popular. Numerous restaurants boast of their non-meat-based offerings; if you’re looking for veggie options at New Jersey restaurants, Happy Cow has a wide list. Celebrities are leading the way for those who may be health conscious, want to lose weight, or care about animal welfare, and New Jersey stars are no exception!

With World Vegetarian Day coming up on October 1, we rounded up some of the most famous Garden State vegetarians around, so pay attention to them if you want to know where to get the best veggie-based meals.

Lea Michele
The Glee actress and Brunette Ambition author is clearly committed to her health; she’s often found working out and usually grinning when showing off her exercise outfits on Instagram. She told Shape, “I go back and forth between [being a vegan and not being a vegan]. I try lots of different things. I really feel that you need to kind of listen to your body and what your body is telling you to eat. So I was a vegan for about two years.” She admitted that “everything with being vegan and vegetarian is a really big commitment.”

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Jon Stewart
We already knew that the former Daily Show host is a big fan of animals; he and his wife, Tracey Stewart, who’s vegan, started Bufflehead Farm in Middletown to care for rescued animals. Tracey told The New York Times in an October 2015 interview that Jon had recently become a vegetarian, but “he’s a little afraid to say it out loud. He thinks he’s going to be caught somewhere eating meat.”

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Jon Stewart playing football with rescued sheep Romy at Bufflehead Farm

Harley Quinn Smith
In a recent interview with Just Jared, the Yoga Hosers star, daughter of filmmaker Kevin Smith, revealed, “I’ve been vegan for four months now and I’ve been a vegetarian for a year. I decided to commit to a vegan lifestyle because ever since I can remember I’ve had this insane connection to animals…Initially, it was very difficult to say goodbye to cheese and ice cream, but honestly there are SO many amazing vegan options that at this point in the game I don’t even really miss non vegan food! If you stop thinking as vegan food as a replacement, but instead you start thinking of it as it’s own thing, it will become a lot easier to commit.”

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Wendy Williams
The talk show host boasted that going on a vegan diet helped her to lose 50 pounds! She went on The Dr. Oz Show to show off her fit body and said she did it “slowly but surely” this time, because she’s previously been on “every stupid diet you could possibly name.” She and her husband and son (“my Kevins”) are all vegan, so it’s a family effort. In addition to the unexpected weight loss, the plant-based diet has helped Wendy’s psoriasis and her son and husband’s eczema to clear up!

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Carli Bybel
The beauty expert and YouTube vlogger went vegan early this year and after spending a lot of time researching the topic, she decided being vegan was the right thing for her, largely as a way to treat her skin care issues. While at first she wasn’t sure she could give up sushi, she believes the universe was trying to tell her that cutting out all meat and fish was the right thing for her after a major eczema attack after eating a lot of seafood.

Peter Dinklage
The Game of Thrones actor has been a vegetarian since childhood, and made a video titled “Face Your Food” for animal rights group PETA, discussing the treatment of factory farm animals.

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Cory Booker
The New Jersey Senator was a vegetarian for over 20 years before announcing to the world via his popular Twitter feed that he was making the leap to becoming a vegan in 2014. He told The Daily Beast, “I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can. Being vegan for me is a cleaner way of not participating in practices that don’t align with my values.” He even served a “vegan feast” to members of Congress in May, which included mac and cheese, buffalo cauliflower, and sushi.

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Angela Simmons
The Growing Up Hip Hop star and daughter of Rev Run feels so strongly about sticking up for animals that she posed nude, holding just an apple, for animal rights group PETA with the tagline, “Eating Meat Is a Sin: Go Vegetarian.”

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Kal Penn
Yes, it’s true: the co-star of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle doesn’t eat meat. He told an interviewer, “I was a vegetarian when we shot the first film, and I generally eat organic as much as possible…The producers and the studio went way out of their way to make sure they brought in veggie patties and had them cut up, and they were very delicious, so props to them for that.”

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