Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) ordered all New Jersey state buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday to mark the passing of actor and New Jersey native James Gandolfini, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported on Friday.

While on vacation with his son in Italy, the 51-year-old star of the HBO series "The Sopranos" died of a massive heart attack, a hospital source told Reuters.

According to the Star-Ledger, Christie said the people of New Jersey "had a connection" to Gandolfini, who was from Westwood.

"All the people in the state really felt a connection to him, not just his character, but to him," Christie said Thursday. "He died much, much too young."

Christie was not the only politician to pay his respects to the late award-winning actor.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) took to Twitter to share his condolences:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also tweeted his thoughts on Gandolfini:

Upon hearing the news of Gandolfini's passing, Hollywood stars, former colleagues and devoted fans took to various social media outlets to express their grief.

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  • <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cardiss Collins</strong> (right)</a> <strong>Served as:</strong> U.S. congresswoman from Illinois (1973-1997) <strong>Died on:</strong> Feb. 3, 2013 at age 81 of complications from pneumonia

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  • <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>William Royer</strong></a> <strong>Served as:</strong> U.S. congressman from California (1979-1981) <strong>Died on:</strong> April 8, 2013 at age 92 of natural causes

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  • <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Frank Lautenberg</strong></a> <strong>Served as:</strong> U.S. senator from New Jersey (1982-2001, 2003-2013) <strong>Died on:</strong> June 3, 2013 at age 89 of complications from viral pneumonia

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  • <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Barbara Vucanovich</strong></a> <strong>Served as:</strong> U.S. congresswoman from Nevada (1983-1997) <strong>Died on:</strong> June 10, 2013 at age 91 after a brief illness

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  • <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>William Gray</strong></a> <strong>Served as:</strong> U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania (1979-1991), House Majority Whip (1989-1991) <strong>Died on:</strong> July 1, 2013 at age 71

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