Gov. Chris Christie has harsh words for the dozens of people who e-mailed or tweeted disparaging comments about Whitney Houston and his decision to lower flags for a person who suffered from substance abuse.
The governor stands by his decision to lower the flags last Saturday, the day of Houston's funeral. The 48-year-old pop star, who was known to have substance abuse problems, died Feb. 11 in California.
Christie called the derogatory comments "reprehensible," and says the naysayers were confined to social media channels.
Speaking after a town hall-style event in north Jersey on Wednesday, Christie says addiction should be considered a treatable disease.
The Republican governor said Houston's Baptist funeral was deeply moving. He was thanked at the service by the Rev. Jesse Jackson for honoring Houston.