As news spread about the death of James Gandolfini last night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a statement mourning the the New Jersey actor.
“It’s an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy. I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano. I have gotten to know Jimmy and many of the other actors in the Sopranos cast and I can say that each of them are an individual New Jersey treasure. Mary Pat and I express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Gandolfini’s wife and children, and our prayers are with them at this terrible time.”
Gandolfini was born in Westwood, NJ, and died in Rome, Italy yeseterday at the age of 51.