New Jersey governor Chris Christie is taking a lot of heat for his decision to lower the state's flags on Saturday in honor of Whitney Houston.
As you know, the late singer's funeral will be held that day in her hometown of Newark.
Christie calls Houston "a daughter of New Jersey," and says she should be honored for the cultural impact she had.
But, that's not sitting well with some people.
Critics say flags being flown at half-staff is an honor that should be reserved for fallen service members, law enforcement officers and elected officials.
They say Christie is essentially honoring a drug addict.
He's firing back, saying Houston's history of substance abuse does not wipe out all of the good things she's done.
Christie also points out during his time in office, he has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for all 31 New Jersey service members killed in action, and every police officer killed in the line of duty.
Houston won't be the first New Jersey musician to get the honor.
Last year, Christie ordered flags to be lowered for Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
What do you make of this controversy?
Do you have a problem with flags being lowered in Houston's home state?
Or, do you feel she deserves the recognition?
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