Limbaugh Backs Christie in Houston Flag Dispute

El Rushbo has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s back.

Christie critics are harping over his plans to have flags fly at half-staff to honor the Garden State’s own Whitney Houston this weekend. They argue the tribute should be reserved for fallen soldiers and police officers, not entertainers. Others contend Houston’s drug history – which may or may not have been a factor in her death – make her a poor choice for such an honor.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh wasn’t having any of it on his radio show this week:

I have a question. If she did not have in her life a problem with drug abuse and alcohol … we don’t yet know what the cause of death was, but let’s assume that alcohol and drugs had nothing to do with it. Take that out of it. How many of you would be upset that the flag was lowered to half staff?” Limbaugh said.

He continued, “How many of you are simply upset about it, simply because in your mind, ‘She was just an entertainer. Come on! We lower the flag for statesmen, for heroes. What is this entertainer business?'”

The conservative radio host reminded listeners that New Jersey has flown its flags at half-staff for other Garden State music legends, including Frank Sinatra and Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band, according to a transcript of his show.

“So it’s not that uncommon,” he said. “It really isn’t.