Whitney's New Jersey Mansion for Sale - Gov. Chris Christie Orders Flags at Half-Staff for Houston?
The New Jersey mansion that was the setting for Whitney Houston's well publicized drug problems and her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown on short-lived Bravo reality series "Being Bobby Brown" is listed for sale.
The asking price is $1.75 million.
The property at 22 North Gate Road in Mendham Township, N.J. is a 12,561-square-foot mansion that has five bedrooms and five bathrooms on five acres of land.
Houston died Saturday in California and in a move that is being widely criticized Governor Chris Christie has actually ordered the flags flown at half-staff to honor her.
He says she was a cultural icon and deserves the recognition.
“Her accomplishments were a great source of pride for the people of the state,” Christie said, according to NJ.com. "On that basis, I think she's entitled to have that recognition made for her."
Mocking of the governor ensued quickly and continues as he tries to defend his decision to fly flags at half-staff for "a cultural icon."
"Okay I love Whitney and so sad of her passing but jeez this is a bit much. It's not like she died in battle...She died of her own doing! Love ya Whitney may you RIP but I would like to think she would even say this is a bit extreme," wrote Anastasia Carter.
While the governor is adding to Jersey's reputation as a laughing stock, the singer's private memorial service is to take place at the New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark, New Jersey - where she sang as a child - on Saturday and her publicist Kristen Forster has announced a camera will be allowed inside to film the ceremony so Whitney's millions of fans can watch it online and grieve for her.
The funeral will be shown on livestream.com/aplive on the day as well as being available on some satellite services.
Following the service, Whitney will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, in the plot next to her late father John Houston.
The funeral is set to be attended by around 1,500 mourners, including many names from the music world such as Chaka Khan, songwriter Diane Warren, L.A. Reid and Whitney's cousin Dionne Warwick,
Aretha Franklin - who was the star's godmother - has been asked to perform at the service.
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