Whitney Houston's funeral cost New Jersey taxpayers
"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 tells CBS New York. "If [Houston's family] wanted it to go that far, do that much, they should have been the ones providing for it."
"I was able to be witness to the thousands upon thousands of people who were desperate to attend service but held back by barriers and officers of the law," says one Newark city council member. "If they had not been there someone may have been trampled, seriously hurt."
Both Houston's family and Newark mayor Cory Booker have yet to comment.