He may have had a lot of honors in his life, but we’d like to think New Jersey native Frank Sinatra would get a kick out of the renaming of the Garden State Parkway Exit 28 rest stop in his memory. It is one of the 9 rest stops along the Parkway previously named for the towns or areas where they are located that have been rebranded to honor Jersey-famous people, including the late actor James Gandolfini (Exit 172), Jon Bon Jovi (Exit 124) and Toni Morrison (Exit 18), among others. But that’s not all. The rest stops also feature exhibits with artifacts and information about these Jersey-famous stars. “This is about putting New Jersey greatness on full display,” says Gov. Phil Murphy.

While it’s true the chairman of the board was from Hoboken, having a South Jersey rest stop bearing his name is fitting. Sinatra wooed AC audiences from the 1930s on, including a 25-year run playing at the seaside casinos starting in the late 1970s.

Service areas along the New Jersey Turnpike already bearing the names of historical figures with ties to the Garden State aren’t changing. So you can still stop for a coffee and a stretch at the South Jersey stations named for John Fenwick (mile marker 5 northbound) Clara Barton (mile marker 5 southbound), Walt Whitman (mile marker 30 southbound) and the James Fenimore Cooper rest stop (mile marker 39 northbound).

February 2022
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