NJ Gov. Christie Defends Lowering Flags Half Staff For Whitney Houston

WEST NEW YORK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Chris Christie says he’s been getting a lot of e-mails and calls from people upset over his decision to lower flags to half staff Saturday to honor Newark native Whitney Houston.

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“And I’m disturbed by people who believe that because her ultimate demise, and we don’t know what is the cause of her death yet, but because of her history of substance abuse, that somehow she’s forfeited the good things that she did in her life. I just reject that on a human level,” said Christie in West New York on Wednesday.

“When I’ve seen these messages and e-mails that have come to me, you know, dispariging her for her struggles with substance abuse, and what I say to everybody is, there but for the grace of God go I.”

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The governor also made further clarification.

“I’m not saying that Whitney Houston is a role model,” he said, adding that she is a cultural icon, whose accomplishments deserve the honor.

He’s also ordered flags lowered for all native soldiers killed, fallen police officers, and the death of the E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons, among others.

Houston’s funeral will be a private ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday.

Do you think Christie is right to order the lowering of flags? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  1. Ryan Curry says:

    Why Is Everyone Saying This Is Wrong!!!!! Cause It’s Not……Maybe Whitney Houston Was Not A Soldier Or P.O.W, But She’s A Great Woman That Looked Great & Had A Wonderful Talent. And For That She Deserves The Flags Lowered For Her!!!! I Personally Think Anyone Should Be Able (Famous Or Not) Have Them Flags Lowered In Memory Of Them. In Fact, Why Don’t We Have Them Lowered At All Times. Because Someone Important Is Always Losing Their Lives. Anyway Back To Whitney, She Was A Wonderful Woman & Deserved The Flags Lowered In Memory Of Her. And Why Does Everyone Pick On Her For Doing The Drugs & Alcohol. We Shouldn’t Judge Her For That. We Don’t Know Why She Chose To Take That Path In Life!!!!!! (My Point Is Anyone & Everyone Should Be Able To Have The Flags Lowered For Them, Especially Whitney!!!!, & That Not Only Soldiers Have The Flags Lowered For Them.)

  2. hope says:

    Race has nothing to do with any of this. I also adored her music, but even as she “gave gifts” to N.J> it was only because she had the money to do so. However, she choose the life she lived, she involved her daughter, whom I feel so sorry for at her age having to raise herself without Whitney’s guidance (?). Whitney in a way was not only an addict but a child abuser as her daughter had to witness all this tragedy. Mr. Govenor I think your just another “attention getter” and another rotten piece of work in our government.

  3. Judi says:

    The problem with this ridiculous decision is the message that it sends to young people of America. This action certainly tells young people that you can be addicted to drugs and still not only be rich and successful, but also still be celebrated in a very great way; and way that not even military personnel who die daily are celebrated. When in actuality drug addicted individuals in the general population struggle daily from the fall-out of their addiction. Most can not attain even menial jobs if they have a police record for drug use. Young people should be made aware of that reality and how it will impact their life and their futures forever. The inability to work and live even a menial life, which I totally understand from the view point of the business owner, is a far cry from having your funeral not just on television, but on the internet, and having your passing memorialized with the flag being lowered. The difference is going to come as a great shock once those who are young and impressinable now start down the road to addiction escorted by the actions of high-profile celeberties and the idiots who want to idoloize and honor them in totally inappropriate ways.

  4. H2 says:

    tradition and law dictates that this gov reacted inappropriately in ordering the US flag at half staff for Ms Houston. We the people are the ones to blame for allowing this country to get off step by electing and continually electing individuals that are driving this country from its glory. I would love to be able to come back and see America will be like in 50-100 years from now. Political correctness needs to stop!!!
    retired SFC, U.S. ARMY

  5. ryan says:

    President Bush was an alcoholic, President Barack Obama used drugs. Whitney Houston boosted sales internationally,and made money for countless industries world wide. Whitney brought honor to America all of her life. People got married and went to prom and dances listening to er music she inspired young people to go for dreams and in death still continues to add to international economy.
    No disrespect to our military….we look to them in our darkest hour.
    Some join a military because they are looking for a job, a resume reference, travel, benefits, housing, family won’t support them or have no where else to go reasons other than love of this nation. They are often to kill innocent men women and kids and, if after defending this nation are ordered to, as some soldiers warn suspected Americans at home perhaps under martial law etc.

  6. ryan says:

    Celebrities take food medicine technology and build schools, housing, shelters, adopt orphans and disabled kids countless humanitarian ventures to people otherwise left for dead by their gods and governments in small quiet ways and amazing acts. They take on bullying, homelessness, aids, and spend time personally with sick and dying kids,issues of homosexuality they intentionally give and give us a distraction and entertainment.
    WHAT makes a true hero? NOBODY is perfect. No matter how much we accomplish our self destructive weaknesses are right there as a part of us and we struggle with it. How many of us get to accomplish or contribute to humanity anything good before being overwhelmed by our imperfections?

  7. IceCreamTruck says:

    There is no doubt that she was talented and inspirational. However there are many ways to pay tribute to her and lowering the flag is not one of them. Is the Governor going to lower the flag if a cast member of the Jersey shore passes away? Celebrities should be role models not TRAGEDIES! Why wasn’t the flag lowered for the King of POP? Are we going to lower the flag now for ever major celebrity or movie star that possibly drops dead of drug complications? The Governor is out of touch with reality.

  8. Jahn says:

    Governor Christie must be getting something out of this deal. Yes, he does lower the flag for our soldiers, but this symolization should be RESERVED for our heros, Otherwisw, it loses its significance. The Grammys is the place to honor a singer. Let’s egt our common sense together people! way too much TMZ!

  9. richardlreinhardt says:

    Christie has the authority to show his bad judgement and ignorance.

    1. Jason says:

      She made bad decisions, was definitely not a perfect role model, but her life was about more than her mistakes and even her music for that matter. Most people are not aware that she donated MILLIONS of dollars to help 9/11 victims and was a huge philanthropist overall, especially in her home state of New Jersey. Does that not deserve some recognition, regardless of her mistakes? Before you answer, understand that I “do” agree that we need to stop making excuses for these celebrities bad behavior and we need to stand firm against this downward spiral that seems to be never ending.

  10. JayJay says:

    I disagree with lowering the flag for Ms. Houston, not because of how she lived her life or how she died; not our position to judge. I just believe that this particular honor should be reserved for those who put their lives on the line for us every day – servicemen, police officers, firemen, etc. They are the true heroes and in my opinion this special honor should be reserved for them alone – they’ve earned it.

  11. cheryl a jones says:

    What wonderful things has she done for whom???? She sang songs and made millions! Doesn’t matter how she died.. are you going to lower your flag when Mary Jones on Oak Street dies cause she always worked for various charities her whole life when she dies? Is her life worth less than Whitney’s??? Did you lower it when a soldier from NJ was killed in action or not??? Did Whitney serve in the military?

    1. ken says:

      Educate yourself you sound like a fool .

      Yes he did lower the flag for NJ soldiers killed in action .

      I dont know has Miss Mary Jones doing things to help the men and women of the military . Whitney has done a lot and the Governor was right to honor here for cultural contributions to the state of NJ.

  12. Aldo P. says:

    Is there such a thing as lowering a State’s flag? I’d be on-board for that, but not the National flag; that’s over the top.

  13. Bill S. says:

    Governor Christie should read US Code: Title 36 Chapter 10 section 175m. It describes when and how the flag should be flown at half-staff, then explain how the honor should be bestowed upon an entertainer regardless of how great he or she may have been.
    (m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –
    (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
    (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

  14. Active Navy Member says:

    This has hit a nerve. As some said, he has no authority and if he goes through with this should be arrested or fined. This is needs to be addressed well above his level and action needs to be taken. As an active duty military member I have been taught what our Nation Ensign is, what it means and stands for. 14 years of looking at this, proud to stand for it and now a fan of a singer wants to take this away from my brothers and sister not only that serve besides me but have served long before away from them. I think New Jersey Gov. needs to be sat down and have some training himself, or, maybe pick up a pair of boots and serve along side us for a while and learn what the “American Flag” really means.

    1. Mark r says:

      I spent many a day,weeks, and months at sea. I learned about honor, truth, and teamwork while working below the waterline. I cant agree with you more. Honor and understanding what the freedoms that the flag represents should not be abused.

  15. Active Navy Member says:

    §175. Position and manner of display
    (m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –
    (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
    (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

    1. Active Navy Member says:

      from
      UNITED STATES CODE
      TITLE 36
      CHAPTER 10

  16. Mikey says:

    The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –
    (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
    (3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

    I see NOTHING in the code that states the flag is to be lowered for a “celebrity”.

    Total disrespect for our nation’s colors.

  17. Margaret.Mastorio@comcast.net says:

    Gov Christie was wrong with the flag for WHITNEY Houston she was a great talent but the flag belongs to true Americans who have died for this country and served with Honor not for a singer Frank Sinatra was not hoinered with the flag and a great singer Thank God Gov Whitman had sense not to hoinor him that way.

    1. ken says:

      So now Whitney Houston wasnt a true american ?

  18. A Proud American Mom says:

    If the flag can be lowered for Whitney Houston, then it should be lowered every day for the men and women who die every day for our country, plain and simple. Regardless of what she did for that state, does that make the lives of our military any less important? Do they not deserve that same honor as a pop star? I have nothing against Whitney Houston, she was a wonderful artist and she will be surely missed. I just think there are other ways of honoring her life other than this. Seriously, it’s almost disrespectful to every family of someone who has fallen in the service to honor her by lowering the flag

  19. A family of vets says:

    To everyone bashing Whitney, please show respect for her family and grieving Christian mother. Whitney was a beautiful lady who made tragic mistakes as I’m sure many of us have. It does no good to kick her for this, she’s dead and had nothing to do with this decision. That being said the following is to address the American/State flag.

    Dear Governor Christie,

    I truly believe you think you know what you are doing is right and just but please let me share a few facts with you.

    The governor has the authority to order state flags be flown at half mast — not the US Flag!!!

    Please refer to Section 7M of the Flag Code which clearly states –

    “In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff, and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia. When the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, or the Mayor of the District of Columbia, issues a proclamation under the preceding sentence that the National flag be flown at half-staff in that State, territory, or possession or in the District of Columbia because of the death of a member of the Armed Forces, the National flag flown at any Federal installation or facility in the area covered by that proclamation shall be flown at half-staff consistent with that proclamation.”

    I do not believe Ms. Whitney Houston “qualifies” by definition of Section 7M of the Flag Code.

    For you to order such proclamation is a disgrace and dishonor to every service member, police officer, fire fighter and statesman that has lain under our nation’s flag.

    “The American Flag does not fly because the wind moves past it. The American Flag flies from the last breath of each Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine who has died protecting it.”

    Whitney Houston did nothing to protect our nation or our nation’s citizens.

    She was a lovely lady with a gorgeous voice. Her life brought much joy to many people but her death does not deserve the honor of lowering our nation’s flag. If it did, any popular entertainer would have received the honor reserved for those that have put their lives on the line for the protection of our nation and our communities.

    Please reconsider this; lower New Jersey’s state flag in remembrance and honor of this beautiful woman. Do not dishonor those that have served and died protecting our great nation.

    Do the right thing.

    Most Sincerely,
    A family of vets

  20. Dayna Hammond says:

    My best friend, SPC. Kyle Little was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. The day of his funeral all of the flags were lowered in our hometown only. Not across the state. He was an American Hero. He fought and died for our freedom. While Houston was a talented singer, that is all she was, a singer. She was not a hero and turned into quite the opposite becoming anything but a good role model. This is a slap in the face to anyone serving in the military and a disgrace to real heros. I hope this decision is reconsidered. I would be sad to see such a high honor turned into something so cheap and meaningless.

  21. larry dozier says:

    in no way was she a role model!! she was at one time a great singer but there are alot of good singers!! this honor should be left to only people who deserve it!!!

  22. Randy says:

    I had this argument today. I agree that a person’s positive contributions should not be ignored simply because of an issue with addiction. If that’s the case we’d all forfeit our right for acknowledgement of our good deeds – if we’re not addicted to drugs, we’re addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, food, porn, etc. We all have flaws. But the one thing that was brought to my attention by a military person is that lowering the flag to half mass is an honor for those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms and positive values. Save for the great National Anthem rendition, Whitney did not serve the country politically or militarily, and that’s an honor military people hold sacred. Gov. Christie’s heart is in the right place, but this is not his honor to hand out. So Clarece and Whitney should be praised in a different way. If this is the tradition of those who give their lives to our freedoms, the military, the police, then we should not cheapen it by handing it out to those who have not made the great sacrifices our military men and woman have. Or even our political leadership despite what our opinions may be of their performances.

  23. Sailor Boy says:

    wtf

  24. Carmen says:

    No he should not do it…it should be for real hero who contributed something other than a few hit records, addicted to pills and wasn’t a crack head.

  25. Vinnie says:

    Will the flag be lowered for the inner-city schoolteacher who passes away? How about the nurse or home-health aid working the late shift to make someone else comfortable while they are in pain? While law doesn’t provide for it, these people would deserve the honor of having a flag flown at half-staff more than an entertainer, regardless of whether she had a drug problem or not. This isn’t an issue of resentment over her alleged drug problems. It’s about how our country reserves this honor for those who have served our country. A person who volunteers at a local soup-kitchen on Christmas Day has more right to this honor than any celebrity.

  26. HillaryForPresident says:

    Hey Christie,

    You’re impact is large! I bet NJ’s fallen Marine that you are lowering the flag for this Tuesday, is proud to share that SAME honor with a wonderful singer, lavishly rich, self indulgent, destructive woman. Your lack of judgment does not surprise me. How much more of your views will you inflict on us…SOMEONE ELSE WILL HAVE TO SAVE NJ!! Really.

    YET, you trash teachers, will not honor civil rights for same sex couples…You say why can’t flag be lowered, but you are unwilling to modify other things. Only your voice matters. Don’t you represent us? MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!MINE! MINE!MINE! MINE!MINE! MINE!MINE! MINE! Hear us clearly….WE ARE DONE WITH YOU. Really.

  27. Bud Leone says:

    I thought we had the worse Governor here in Illinois, until Christie stepped up to take the lead. Maybe he thought this would get him votes, but I highly suspect it will be the opposite. Military, Police, Fire, those that pay the ultimate sacrifice are the ones that the flag is lowered for, not a drug induced entertainer. Christie refers to “But by the Grace of God goes I. With the grace of God maybe you will go away!!!

  28. RoyBoySays says:

    Nothing like pandering for the minority vote.This hopefully one term Governor will do anything for votes.Including the appointment of a Korean supreme court justice with no qualifications

  29. Janice Hoguet says:

    Whitney Houston was extremly well paid for her success, and yet chose to spend her money on a lavish life style and much drugs and alcohol. Never once did I ever hear Whitney say to all her “followers” that taking drugs was wrong and she regretted that part of her life. No wonder Gov Christie said he never said she was a role model. Why not reserve this very special honor for people who are role models for our children. How about great teachers who make very little money and likewise military personnel who sacrifice every day for our freedom.

  30. Christie's Coming HIDE THE FOOD!!!! says:

    CHRISTIE’S CONSTANT BURPING AND FARTING HAVE EATEN A HOLE IN THE OZONE LAYER!

  31. Christie A BIG FAT SLOPPY MESS ON THE PIG FARM! says:

    HAM HOCK, FRIED TWINKEES, PIG BUTT, PIG SNOUT, MCRIBS, CHICKEN MCNUGGETS, DOUBLE WHOPPER, BK BROILER. CHRISTIE IS A BIG FAT DOUBLE DECKER HOG FATSO RAISED ON A PIG FARM AND SMELLS LIKE PIG CRAP.

  32. Bullett says:

    Meaning no disrespect to Ms. Houston, but a Marine was killed this past week, and no one even thought of lowering our state flags to half staff in his honor. As a Viet Vet, I find this to be very disrespectable to our military personnal who have given up his/her life upon the “Alter of Freedom” to their country!

  33. Mark r says:

    Ok, I get it that Whitney Houston had once had, a nice voice. But in reality the lowering of flags should be saved for people that did something like PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS, Veterans, PEOPLE WHO GIVE THEIR LIVES for THEIR COUNTRY. NOT for people who have issues (with addiction) and a book full of excuses. For not cleaning up her “act”.

    Just because she was a celebrity does she deserve to have the flag flown half mast… Refresh my memorie did we do it for John Wayne?? Don’t think so

  34. BK says:

    The lowering of the flag is now meaningless and again demoted to a meaningless act as these politicians begin to use it for Hollywood stars and musicians and others that it was never intended for. Why has this nation become one of “over compensating” for stars and Hollywood figures. Whitney was a great artist, a good person caught up in the world of drugs and addiction. To lower the American flag is just way over over the top. In the past if the flag was at half staff you knew a world leader or something nationally or world wide had occurred. Now it is “oh there they go again”. Why not just a memorial at one of the centers. Chris Christy really failed in this area.

  35. RoyBoySays says:

    This is nothing more,than this low life Governor pandering to the minority voter

  36. Charles W. Mallowmar says:

    In a related story, Gov. Fatso is being investigated by the EPA due to his endless polluting of the environment … Brrrrrp …. Pffffffft …. The morbidly obese Gov. Fatso defended his polluting by stating that fried food gives him gas.

  37. Gale says:

    Dear Mr. Governor,

    I am sure that you put long hard thought into the lowering of the flags for Whitney Houston. For many years she was a role model and inspiration for many. Towards the end she served as an example of the pitfalls and dangers of the industry. She was someone’s daughter and someone’s mother. She also donated and gave back to her community in many ways.
    My question to you Mr. Governor is this….Do you lower the flag as a sign of respect for EVERY fallen military person, teacher, coach, police office, firefighter etc in the state of NJ? Do you personally make a public statement of “Thanks” for what you gave to our community, for each and every one? Since I don’t know the answer to that question I won’t judge, but if you don’t Mr. Governor, I think that from now on, if in fact you do lower the flag for Whitney Houston, it needs to be lowered for ANY and ALL that contribute in any way to their community.

    If you didn’t in the past, an apology should go out to every family member of a fallen officer, military personnel, fire personnel, school teacher, etc. that has donated their time, efforts, money and so on to the welfare of the community. My deepest condolences go out the Houston family for their loss. For you Mr. Governor I pray that you will see that MANY, MANY people that have given to the state of NJ in many, many ways without one peep of acknowledgement from you. I will watch anxiously for your public apology from to all those you have overlooked in the past.

    Here’s to your vision without blinders!

    1. Mark r says:

      I like your thinking.

  38. RoyBoySays says:

    Another public realtions scam by the Governor,to garner some minority votes at election time.He should be ashamed of himself,for even considering the lowering of the flag for a women who died of a self induced drug overdose…………!

  39. Tanya says:

    I vote yes,we should honor her.

  40. jerseyjoey says:

    So, if your rich donate money to questionable charity and are a singer in New Jersey you’re a honored hero that deserves a Half mast Flag tribute. This is a perfect example of why our Gov has and is a disgrace, this is a honor for a Fallen Hero of the state (or Government for those Corrector types out there) not for a singer or any other star or person. This is a direct slap in the face of our solders and those who serve our nation and has tainted all those who fallen before. Because once you put a price on a sacred rite you cheapen it and devalue its reason for being.

  41. Rita says:

    INO THE FLAY SHOULD NOT BE LOWERED FOR WHITNEY. I DON’T KNOW HOW CHRISTIE THINKS. SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL VOICE AT ONE TIME, BEFORE DRUGS AND BOOZE. BUT SHE CHOICE TO DESTROY IT HERSELF. WHAT A POOR EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR GOVERNOR????? I REALY HOPE NO ONE THINKS THIS IDOT COULD EVER BE PRESIDENT.

  42. Dana says:

    I love Christie because he tells it like it is….. the truth. Finally.
    Whitney Houston didn’t affect us by having a substance abuse problem, her music, and her voice was what touched us. Let’s focus on the good people.

  43. C Chambers says:

    Lowering the flag is bull crap. The flag honors our country. But I guess it is ok now as there is nothing to honor anymore. People starving, seniors left out to dry all because the rich want more. Why don”t the rich chip in and maybe we could all live better. I don”t see anything done for the poor when they die.I lost my mother and father nobody cared. And they were not drug people, Why as tax payers do we have to pay? Poor keep paying.

    1. michael mulloy says:

      honor the fallen soldiers=not the god gifted singing talents that came free from god==sacrafice of ones life in battle or presedential service ending in death by natural causes or assasination meets the requirments ==not singing and self suicide by drugs and alcholhol…………………………

      1. May says:

        I am with you.
        I want governor look into his children’s eyes and tell them he wish his children drow up like her!

      2. ken says:

        Again another racist trying to put someones life into a tiny little box of there children.

        When you leave this earth I doubt you or many others on here will have have done 10% of what Houston has done to help others and especially kids and citizens of the state of NJ where the flag is being lowered for a day out of respect of her memory for those hings .

        There has actually been no cause of death issues but why let the facts get in the way of anything ?

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