Over the course of its six seasons, HBO's 'The Sopranos' was a show that became part of New Jersey lore, raising its profile and highlighting the area. Sure, not everything was pleasant and something you would write home to mom about, but to this day, many New Jerseyans are proud to have had the show provide a little light on their state.
James Gandolfini was certainly a proud New Jerseyan. Given his love of the state, as well as his turn as Tony Soprano on 'The Sopranos,' New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's announcement that flags in the state will fly at half-mast tomorrow (Monday, June 24), comes as no surprise.
The order reads, "The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Monday, June 24, 2013, in recognition and mourning of the passing of James Gandolfini."
Christie's office issued a statement on it as well, saying that, "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 graduated from Rutgers University, the state college of New Jersey, with a degree in Communications in 1983. After 'The Sopranos' became a hit, he helped fundraise for the school and helped its football program improve financially by appearing in a commercial for it.
Christie praised Gandolfini on his Twitter account and offered his condolences.
"James Gandolfini’s passing is an awful shock. He was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy," he Tweeted. "I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano."