Whitney Houston’s death – sparks political debate.

Everything seems to get twisted into a political battle – even Whitney Houston’s death. New Jersey governor Chris Christie made it back into the news again today for his decision to fly the flags at half-staff on Saturday during her funeral. He responded to critics with “[Houston] was an important part of the fabric, the cultural fabric of this state.” Houston was born in Newark and grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. He also has the flags lowered last year for Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Christie was criticized greatly for this decision with responses like, “Whitney is no hero, she was a crack head who killed herself. Our flag is not to be lowered for a junkie.” The argument is that lowering the flag at half-staff should be reserved for military, law enforcement, and elected officials. Christie noted that he had flags flown at half-staff for all 31 fallen New Jersey soldiers and every fallen police officer during his time in office.

What do you think? Should the flags be flown at half-staff for Houston, who was a questionable role model?

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