Bruce Springsteen “respectfully declined” to lend his name to a New Jersey services
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Bruce Springsteen “respectfully declined” to lend his name to a New Jersey services

Famous residents will soon be represented along the Garden State Parkway

By Tom Skinner

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Bruce Springsteen performs live. CREDIT: Getty

Bruce Springsteen has turned down the opportunity to have a service station in his home state of New Jersey named after him.

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As Consequence Of Sound reports, the US state is honouring a number of its famous residents along the Garden State Parkway as part of Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to expand the NJ Hall Of Fame.

Among those to have received the special nod include Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston and late Sopranos actor James Gandolfini. The Boss, however, is reported to have declined the proposal.


“Bruce Springsteen respectfully declined to have a service area named after him,” said New Jersey Hall Of Fame spokeswoman Natasha Alagarasan.

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Bruce Springsteen. CREDIT: Kevin Kane/Getty Images

The rest stops will also feature a display curated by the New Jersey Hall Of Fame, including exhibits, artefacts and a video monitor that screens vignettes on the inductees as well as posters designed by New Jersey architect Michael Grave (via

According to Gov. Murphy, the new project “is about putting New Jersey greatness on full display”.

Diane Scaccetti-Gutierrez, state Transportation Commissioner, said: “The service areas they visit during those travels are a fitting place to call attention to the accomplishments of their fellow New Jerseyans in the arts, entertainment, and sports.”

The list of service stations and their respective inductees is as follows:


Montvale: James Gandolfini
Brookdale North: Larry Doby
Brookdale South: Connie Chung
Vauxhall: Whitney Houston
Cheesequake: Jon Bon Jovi
Monmouth: Judy Blume
Forked River: Celia Cruz
Atlantic: Frank Sinatra
Ocean View: Toni Morrison

Bruce Springsteen released his 20th studio album, ‘Letter To You’, last October. In a five-star review, NME wrote: “A powerful synthesis of past and present, ‘Letter To You’ shows us the strength that can be found in sorrow. The result is Springsteen’s finest album since 2002’s ‘The Rising’.”

Last week, The Boss curated a playlist of frat rock classics for the latest episode of his SiriusXM show, From My Home to Yours.

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