MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY — (10-03-20) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced Saturday that he had checked himself into a local hospital hours after learning president Trump had infected with him COVID-19, saying that this was a “precautionary measure” due to a “history of asthma.”

“In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon,” the former governor tweeted early in the evening Saturday. “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 added in a follow-up tweet, “I am thankful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to coming home soon.”

Christie is one of five high profile Republicans in Trump’s orbit to test positive for COVID 19.

Christie was at the White House last Saturday the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The ex-governor was spotted interacting closely with others at the event without a mask.

Christie was also with the president last week to assist with his preparation for Trump’s disastrous first presidential debate.

That group also included top Trump aide Hope Hicks and former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway who both have tested positive for coronavirus within the past couple days.

So far, former Trump legal counsel Kelly Anne Conway, Trump Campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Another Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), also said Saturday that he would self quarantine after potential exposure to the virus but planned to return for the hearings.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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