Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Saturday he had been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier that day.
“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon. While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure,” Christie wrote on Twitter. “I am thankful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to coming home soon.”
Governor Phil Murphy issued a statement after learning of Christie’s hospitalization.
“Tammy and I continue to keep Governor Christie in our thoughts and prayers,” Murphy said. “We all know he is a fighter and wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
Christie was part of President Trump’s debate prep team and noted on ABC News earlier this week that he was in a room with maskless White House staffers and advisers; Trump announced he is positive for the virus on Friday morning.
Christie said he was in a room at the White House from Saturday afternoon through lunchtime on Tuesday. During his debate preparation of Trump he said the room contained “about five or six people in total,” and “no one was wearing masks.”
The former governor said he noticed no symptoms exhibited by the president or by Trump’s aide, Hope Hicks, who also tested positive for the coronavirus.