Former Gov. Christie remains hospitalized at Morristown Medical Center after testing positive for coronavirus
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains at Morristown Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Christie says he checked himself into the hospital as a precaution after consulting with his doctor.
The former governor was present at the ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and is one of eight people at the event who have been infected with the virus.
He also prepped President Donald Trump for his debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Christie told ABC that no one was wearing masks during that time, saying there were only five or six people total.
Christie initially tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday before the debate.
He says he began suffering symptoms of the virus and was tested again on Friday.
On his hospitalization, Christie tweeted 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 was hospitalized in 2011 following an asthma attack that was so severe that doctors had to use a rescue inhaler.
New Jersey Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, a friend of the former governor, says that it was a smart decision for Christie to go to the hospital because of his pre-existing conditions.
"Trish and I are thinking about him, his family, his children and we know he's a strong individual and we know he's tough," Bramnick says. "And I know he's making the right decisions. He's just somebody who we are a lot about and we hope for the best."
It's unclear what treatment Christie is undergoing at the hospital, but chief hospitalist at Hudson Regional Hospital Dr. Nawar Al Obaidi says he would start him on all forms of treatment to prevent the virus from becoming more severe.
"We give them antivirals," Al Obaidi says. "We give them plasma. We give them steroids, and we give them the supportive therapy to reduce the fever and other symptoms."
Gov. Phil Murphy said that "Tammy and I continue to keep Gov. Christie in our thoughts and prayers. We all know he is a fighter and wish him a full and speedy recovery."
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey also responded, saying, "I pray for the health and well-being of our former governor and friend Chris Christie, for Mary Pat and the children. Jersey Strong!"
Christie says he looks forward to coming home soon.