NJ Cops Rack Up Nearly $200K in OT at Whitney Houston Funeral

Taxpayers in several New Jersey towns will bear the cost

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    The hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston leaves the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, headed to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. (Published Thursday, March 1, 2012)

    Taxpayers in several New Jersey towns will bear the cost of nearly $199,000 in police overtime for security during Whitney Houston's funeral.     

    Newark police and the Essex County Sheriff's Office spent $189,621 in overtime to provide weeklong security for Houston's family, celebrities and her funeral at New Hope Baptist Church on Feb. 18, according to The Star-Ledger.     

    Houston Hearse Arrives at Cemetery

    [NY] Houston Hearse Arrives at Cemetery
    Whitney Houston's body arrives at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., where she is set to be buried in a private service Sunday. (Published Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012)

    The newspaper says it cost taxpayers in Westfield $9,000 for police to handle traffic at Fairview Cemetery.     

    The 48-year-old was buried next to her father after an emotional four-hour funeral that was attended by such superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Roberta Flack.    

    Houston drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on Feb. 11.

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