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Christie: Gandolfini was a New Jersey treasure

Thursday, June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini, 51, died while on holiday in Rome, HBO confirmed.

James Gandolfini, 51, died while on holiday in Rome, HBO confirmed. (AP Photo)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the death of "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has come as an awful shock to him.

He says Gandolfini was "a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy."

Gandolfini grew up in Park Ridge, the son of a building maintenance chief at a Catholic school and a high school lunch lady. He won Emmy Awards for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series, which was filmed in Jersey.

Christie says he's a huge fan of Gandolfini and his Soprano character. He calls Gandolfini and the other "Sopranos" actors New Jersey treasures. He said Wednesday his prayers are with Gandolfini's wife and children.

 

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