Skip to comments.In honor of Whitney Houston, Gov. Christie ordering flags flown at half-staff in N.J.
Posted on 02/15/2012 6:38:11 AM PST by doyle
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he plans to order flags on public buildings to fly at half-staff on the day of Whitney Houston's funeral to honor the songstress and Jersey native.
"Whitney Houston was an important part of the cultural fabric of this state," Christie said during a press release Tuesday. Christie also said the pop legend belongs in the same category as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen.
He said he will sign the order later in the week after Houston's family makes a final decision regarding time and place of the funeral.
A Newark church pastor announced Tuesday that that a private funeral will be held for the popstar on Saturday at Newarl's New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston sang
Placing her on the same level as fallen soldiers.
Another reason to drive around the garden state.
What an idiot. Makes the idea of a Romney/Christie ticket even more nauseating...
I have nothing against Whitney Houston I’m sorry she died. Wouldn’t it be best for our youth if instead of honoring her, we cursed her to hell?
I tolerated fat-boy because he stood up the the teachers’ union - he is an anti-gun idiot. The US Colors being flown at half-staff for an ENERTAINER????
A crackhead who basically destroyed herself entertainer on top of that.
It is also done for politicians, who are lower than scum.
She was a New Jersey native. I don’t see a problem with it a state honoring one of its citizens like this.
I wonder if they do this for NJ soldiers who die in war?
I wouldn’t lower a flag for a suicidal celebutard
She was talented, but an abject lesson in what not to be.
on pills and booze and die drunk and stoned in a bathtub.
Tragedy but does not deserve flag honors. Cheapens the act for honoring true heroes.
Ultimately, everyone serves a purpose to God. Some are good examples of how to live in this life, and others, in their death, are examples of how not to live.
Who are you to judge?
“...Houston was an important part of the cultural fabric of this state...”
Right. Alcholism and drug abuse is an important part of our culture... sheesh!
I think they're talking about the NJ State flag here. AFAIK, Governors don't have any say in when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff.
Heaven forbid what they’ll do when Springsteen or Bon Jovi croaks.
The National Anthem at the Supwerbowl, 1881, ten days into the Gulf War (Desert Storm)
Could be this is what Christie was thinking, but could we just give the bashing a break, just for her doing this?
Also in honor of the deceased, all gangbanger’s pants will be at half-mast.
I believe it will be the Jersey flag at half mast. The US flag would have to be ordered to half mast by the President.
It says the Governor ordered it.
Brett Favre's first season. I remember it fondly.
Not a fan of her music, but I'd still take her songs over Springsteen's.
Right, and whom is the governor to judge her as being a person whose death to hold high?
She lived life within her ideals. They are not mine nor the people of most of this country. RIP, period. No adulation needed or necessary.
But, flying the National Colors at half-staff for an entertainer who essentially killed herself on drugs is totally inappropriate.
She was a drug addict and likely died due to a mix of drugs (either leagal or illegal) and alcohol. Her two day bender all around town prior to her death was well documented.
She should be acclaimed for her talent but her life should be shown as an example of what substance abuse can do to you.
Oh great. The timing is terrible. I am visiting friends in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday. Well hopefully the flags will be back to their appropriate place by then. I agree this is unsat for reasons that the military folks don’t get the same treatment most of the time.
Good grief. This is a bad as naming a Navy ship after Gabi Giffords.
Public places include SCHOOLS. So lower the flag to honor a great New Jersey native who also happened to be screwed up by drugs and alcohol.
In the United States, the President can issue an executive order for the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States government, and others, as a mark of respect to their memory. When such an order is issued, all government buildings, offices, public schools and military bases are to fly their flags at half-staff. Under federal law (4 U.S.C. § 7(f)), the flags of states, cities, localities, and pennants of societies, shall never be placed above the flag of the United States; thus, all other flags also fly at half-staff when the U.S. flag has been ordered to fly at half-staff.
Governors of the several U.S. states or territories are authorized by federal law to order all U.S. and state flags in their jurisdiction flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for a state official or resident who has died. Since a governor’s executive order affects only his or her state, not the entire country, these orders are distinguished from presidential proclamations.
Pure crass politics.
No way a singer should get half staff.
yes, I believe they do this for NJ soldiers.
There is a joke going around and I got it on my phone...it’s a picture of a lighter and above the lighter is a spoon and the caption says...Candlelight vigil for Whitney, keep it lit. Haha
Amen. She had talent and a VOICE. Springsteen just screamed and shouted. Whitney had a voice. A true, pure, voice.
This sends a great message to kids who are more and more facing the choices of drug use.
I’ve been thinking about Christie’s flag-lowering a lot this morning, and have concluded it makes great sense with either of the following scenarios:
1. Christy is sending a strong, defiant message to Rex Ryan that there is only room for one top buffoon in the North-East: Chris Christie.
2. Christie is simply preparing the state for the inevitable week-long statewide shutdown when Uncle Floyd passes away (hard to understand if you are not from NJ).
Will they be giving her a 21 gram salute?
Look, since Whitney Houston went "one toke over the line" a few days ago somewhere around a thousand people have died from their inability to overcome drug or alcohol addiction. It happens to people of every station in society, not just sterno bums who live under bridges. Every one of them was somebody's spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend...whatever. Everyone of those deaths was equally senseless. Almost none of them will provide a chance for an impact beyond a small circle of people.
Oh for... *
... a friggin’ celebrity.
Hawaii did the same for Don Ho.
Dang, Brett Favre is a lot older than he looks, isn’t he?
Now 30 years later, here we are actually putting flags at half mast for entertainers - while our troops from Afghanistan and elsewhere come home in body bags with no fanfare except maybe a mention in their hometown paper.
She had a huge circle of friends who could have helped...but half of them are druggies, too. Few of those of whom you speak had what she had.
Or more aptly...the Cirrhosis of the River.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Ya, is it really appropriate to fly the flags at half staff for a singer/entertainer?
I liked some of her music, but is she really deserving of such an honor?
How many of you even knew she was from New Jersey before her death, and the plans to have her funeral in that state? She was part of the cultural fabric of New Jersey? Really?
Gov Cristie, you dolt! The flag flies at half mast for people and dignitaries of honor... not for drug addicts, pimps and hollywood celebrities. She was great in her day to be sure, that is until that pimp and druggie Bobby Brown entered into her life. She made the choice to go down that road of self gratification/ destruction, is that what you want your kids to see, a woman honored for her self destruction?... should’a just left it alone...
Exactly...Christie is drinking the kool aid of pop culture...a pity.
Maybe they’ll give her the Silver Star, too.
Especially a singer who didn't even write her own songs. Yes, she was a great singer...but there are plenty of singers just as good as her, who are understudies on Broadway.
She just happened to have a look that was marketable, and the music industry funneled the best songs from various songwriters to her.