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Sinatra or Springsteen? Streep or Nicholson? N.J. business leaders tell all

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That’s why New Jersey business leaders took time this summer to participate in ParenteBeard and the N.J. State Chamber’s survey and voted on their favorite pop-culture icons from the state.

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Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra (47 percent), rode the summer wind to the top spot of singers from New Jersey and upset all those Boss fans down in the Badlands (Springsteen managed 27 percent).

Meryl Streep (42.5 percent) was Jersey’s Choice over the shining Jack Nicholson (33 percent) for best actor, and Yogi Berra (39 percent) sprinted past Carl Lewis (15.5 percent) to catch himself the top spot of the state’s athletes.

When asked which celebrity they’d most like to have dinner with, business leaders overwhelming responded in favor of the states top scientific minds: Thomas Edison (29 percent) and Albert Einstein (24.5 percent).

Sinatra was a distant third with 11.5 percent while Jon Stewart, the highest ranking living person, came in fourth at 10.5 percent.

But the most controversial outcome of all was in the category of favorite sports teams.

It’s no surprise the top football team of the state is the New York Giants (50.5 percent [we know what state they’re really in]). The upset comes in the form of the Eagles (17.5 percent) prevailing over the Jets (13 percent).

Here’s to 2014-2015, Rex Ryan.

In baseball, the clear winner is the Yankees (52 percent), though you might not have needed a survey to tell you that. Again, Pennsylvania trumps New York in the National League with the Phillies receiving 17 percent over the Mets 16.5 percent.

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Andrew Sheldon

Andrew Sheldon

Andrew Sheldon covers technology and education. His email is andrews@njbiz.com and he is @AndrewsNJBIZ on Twitter.

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