James Gandolfini Death: Chris Christie Orders N.J. Flags Lowered

Flags will fly at half-staff on state buildings on Monday in honor of deceased native son

New Jersey will honor state native James Gandolfini by lowering its flags to half-staff at all state buildings on Monday, Governor Chris Christie's office said on Friday.

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"Sopranos" star Gandolfini died Wednesday in Italy at age 51 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

An executive order signed by Christie on Friday hailed both Gandolfini's acting and his support of U.S. servicemembers.

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The order reads: "James Gandolfini enjoyed an extraordinarily successful acting career across television, film and Broadway, including his popularly acclaimed role as Tony Soprano in 'The Sopranos,' and advocated for U.S. servicemembers and veterans in his two documentaries, 'Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq' and 'Wartorn:1861-2010. James Gandolfini was an iconic actor and will be remembered for the timeless impact he left upon television and film in the state of New Jersey and across our nation."

Gandolfini was born in Westwood, N.J., and grew up in the state, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.