Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Whitney Houston’s Family Asked City to Cancel Public Memorial Plans

There will be NO public memorial service for Whitney Houston at the 18,000-seat Prudential Center in Newark, NJ … because Whitney”s family didn”t want one — this according to the City Mayor Cory Booker.

A rep for the Mayor”s office tells , “The Houston family has no plans to set up a public viewing at the Prudential Center this Friday” — despite several reports claiming there was going to be a massive public ceremony … in addition to previously-scheduled private funeral arrangements.

The rep claims the family specifically asked the city NOT to plan a memorial event — adding, “In compliance with the family’s wishes the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony.”

The funeral is still set to take place this Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church.