Chris Christie: We can't wait until 'we can test every American' to reopen economy
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieBiden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug Cancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon MORE (R), an ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE, said Monday that states will not be able to wait for the capacity to test all residents for the coronavirus before businesses and local economies will be forced to reopen.

In an interview with ABC News, Christie said that increasing the capacity of testing is a priority but that state economies would not survive the wait required for officials to be able to test every citizen.

"It's very important, but not the be-all-end-all," Christie said.

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"It's important, but if we wait until we can test every American to be able to reopen our economy, we won't have an economy left," he continued.

His remarks come as states across the country have announced plans to reopen some non-essential businesses and public spaces in the coming weeks.

During a conference call with governors on Monday, Trump urged some states to consider reopening schools as well.

"Some of you might start thinking about school openings. Because a lot of people are wanting to have the school openings. It's not a big subject, young children have done very well in this disaster that we’ve all gone through," Trump reportedly said Monday.