February 16th, 2012
03:31 PM ET
Update 9:21 p.m.: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced earlier this week that he plans to have the state's flags fly at half-staff in honor of Jersey native Whitney Houston, and on Thursday issued an executive order for the tribute to take place Friday.
Since then, Christie has been standing ground against critics who disagree with his choice to use a tribute typically reserved to honor fallen soldiers or first responders.
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