N.J.police racked up overtime at Whitney Houston funeral

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

    The Star-Ledger reports 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.
    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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