Christie mourns 'New Jersey treasure' Gandolfini
June 19th, 2013
09:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Christie mourns 'New Jersey treasure' Gandolfini

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called James Gandolfini a "true Jersey guy" in a statement mourning the actor's death Wednesday.

Gandolfini, whose most famous character was mob boss Tony Soprano, was born in Westwood. His manager said Wednesday he had died, possibly of a heart attack, while in Rome. He was 51.

“It’s an awful shock," Christie wrote. "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.”

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  1. ThinkAgain

    Tragic loss of a fine actor. He was a big guy, though; Christie was smart to have the bypass surgery. Carrying around all that extra weight is extremely stressful on the body.

    RIP, James.

    June 20, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  2. Marie MD

    RIP – great actor and humanitarian. He worked with wounded warriors.

    June 20, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Whatever Chrisite is a fan of, he's as huge fan.

    June 20, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |