When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's ordered state flags be flown at half-staff in memory of Whitney Houston some people protested, saying that such an honor should be reserved only for those in the military or other public services. Though no official cause has yet been given for Houston's death at 48, an Army wife scolded Governor Christie for honoring, she said, a singer who had OD'd.

Like another New Jersey-born cultural icon, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston earned her place in the pantheon of entertainers who gave succor to Americans in times of war and unbounded joy in times of peace.

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