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Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is paying tribute to James Gandolfini by ordering flags to fly at half-staff Monday for the actor known best for his role on HBO's The Sopranos.

In his executive order, Christie described Gandolfini as "an iconic actor, who left a timeless impact upon television and film in the state of New Jersey and across our nation." The order affects flags at all state buildings.

Gandolfini, a New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while traveling in Italy. He was 51 years old.

The Republican governor has honored military servicemen, first responders and public officials who have died with the same flag tribute. Christie also ordered flags to be lowered after the deaths of New Jersey natives Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band saxophone player, and singer Whitney Houston.

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