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Gov. Christie among many expected to pay respects at James Gandolfini's funeral

Published On: Jun 27 2013 12:10:09 AM EDT
James Gandolfini

Patrick McMullan

James Gandolfini is remembered by making the Mob mainstream while putting his home state of New Jersey on the map.

Thursday, June 27th, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be attending funeral services for fellow Jersey native, actor James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini, just 51-years-old, passed away roughly a week ago from a heart attack.


The actor was scheduled to appear at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily, Italy.

In honor of the three-time Emmy winner, Governor Christie ordered all state building flags to be lowered to half-staff on Monday.

"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of James Gandolfini," stated the governor.

Gandolfini is most remembered in our hearts as iconic Mob boss Tony Soprano.

Though he did call New Jersey home, Gadolfini also frequented Galeano's Pizza and Pasta in Tannersville, Monroe County.

While renting a winter home near the establishment, the actor enjoyed chicken and meatball parm, as well as conversation and photos with fans.

Services will be held at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.