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N.J. Governor Chris Christie Plans Tribute for Whitney Houston

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Feb 15, 2012 | 6:21am EST

whitney houstonEver since Whitney Houston's shocking death last Saturday the entertainment industry has gone to great lengths to pay tribute to the legendary singer. Not only did Jennifer Hudson put on a breath-taking performance at the Grammy Awards in her honor, but even the Fox hit show Glee dedicated last night's episode to the beloved artist as well. However, it doesn't seem to be ending there. It's now being said that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will also pay tribute to Houston by ordering flags to be flown at half-staff during her funeral service on Saturday.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Christie lamented about the superstar's death, saying, "Obviously, Whitney Houston was an important part of the fabric -- the cultural fabric of this state," adding that Houston (a Newark native), is in the "pantheon of great New Jersey musical talents" much like the great Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Additionally he stated, "Her terribly premature death is an awful loss for her family and the incredible New Jersey musical family. Our prayers are with her family."

Christie issued the same flag-raising order last year after the death of Clarence Clemons. As of now, his office is in contact with Houston's family for further details about the service. The invitation-only funeral will take place on Saturday at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.

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Source: News Channel 5

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