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Whitney Houston Funeral: New Jersey Residents Outraged by Cost to Taxpayers

It seems the late singer’s hometown, Newark, N.J., spent more than $187,000 in police overtime as friends and family gathered in the city to pay their respects to the pop icon back in February.

CBS New York reports that nearly 200 police officers were stationed at the New Baptist Church, where the service was held, as well as at the funeral home and at a private family gathering later in the day at the Newark Club.

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous when you have people who are unemployed and homeless, people walking up and down the streets,” Newark resident Quincy Ruffin told CBS regarding the money that was reportedly spent, adding that Houston’s family “should have been the ones providing for” the additional security.

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