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.
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:
My condolences to the family and all those who loved James Gandolfini - a true NJ Great and NJ Original. RIP.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 20, 2013
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also tweeted his thoughts on Gandolfini:
RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 20, 2013
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.