TRENTON, N.J., (CBS) – Governor Chris Christie has ordered all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday in honor of New Jersey native James Gandolfini.

The actor died Wednesday in Italy.  He was 51. (See Previous Story)

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Gandolfini was born in Westwood, and graduated from Park Ridge High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.

Christie signed the Executive Order on Friday.  In issuing the order, Christie said, “It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of James Gandolfini and extend our sincere sympathy to his family, friends, and countless fans. It is appropriate to recognize the achievements and contributions, to honor the memory, and to mark the passing of James Gandolfini.”

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