After residents accuse him of oversight, Christie lowers flags for Toms River soldier

    Flags in New Jersey will fly at half-staff for Toms River’s Sgt. James Harvey II. The Army infantryman was killed Monday in Afghanistan.

    But the order to lower the flags didn’t come quick enough for some residents, who called out Gov. Chris Christie for first doing the honors for E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons.


    People took to Facebook and called into NJ 101.5, as Toms River Patch reports, to say it was out of line for the guv to lower the flags for the deceased musician and not do the same for Harvey.

    But Christie’s office says there was no oversight; he’d simply been informed of Harvey’s passing after he’d issued the order for Clemons. The order for Harvey was issued late Tuesday.

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