NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are just a few of the notable names from the Tri-State to make TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People.

The list, released Thursday by the magazine, set out to honor 100 politicians, artists and businessmen and women whose “ideas spark dialogue and dissent, and sometimes even revolution.”

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While the list was compiled by editors at TIME, the individual write-ups of the honorees were written by other politicians, celebrities and academics.

Christie was recognized for his “forcefulness and candor,” and Clinton for her “personal star power.”  Zuckerberg, named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2010, received glowing praise from April Capone, the mayor of East Haven, Conn., who connected with – and donated a kidney to – one of her constituents after connecting with him on Facebook.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker made the cut, his feature written by fellow honoree Oprah Winfrey.

“Cory Booker is a genius,” Winfrey said. “The work of reforming schools in Newark represents…a ferocious challenge. If anybody can do it, I believe Cory will.”

For the full list of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2011, click here.

Comments (5)
  1. Herbie Original Situation Raskin says:

    Cory Booker is the real deal! I met him and he has true charisma and intelligence, an amazing sense of humor and presidential candidate written all over his face! Opra should be honored to write about him!!!

  2. Val says:

    I guess “influencial” can be either good or bad, depending on how they are influencing people and who is being influenced.

  3. Cy says:

    Thank you PaPa Joe. Your response is the most thoughtful comment I have read on these posts. I’m assuming you are older than thirty.

  4. JIM says:

    why don’t they pick someone who works for a living rather than the rich and greedy politicans.

    1. PaPa Joe says:

      At the risk of sounding cynical it’s because working people. like me, are the people influenced by the influential people, even if we don’t mean to be. I know, not all working people can be swayed all of the time (remember President Lincoln’s famous sdaying), but it does happen. However I TOTALLY agree with you!

      We don’t have to like or agree with the list but it is what it is. Once upon a time long ago Time had a certain German murderous dictator on it’s cover as the most influential person..Can you guess who. Like it or not i\that was the way it was.

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