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Christie tests positive for COVID-19 after helping Trump with debate preparation

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Saturday, making him the latest official in President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE's orbit to contract the virus.

"I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19. I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two," Christie tweeted. "I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition."

Christie was at the White House last Saturday for Trump's announcement that he was nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The ex-governor was spotted interacting closely with others in the Rose Garden without a mask.

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Christie also interacted closely with the president last week to assist with his preparation for the first presidential debate. That group included Conway, Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, who has also tested positive, and former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFormer Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE.

Christie said the group did not wear masks and that nobody showed symptoms at the time.

The former governor is 58 and overweight. The latter puts him at a higher risk for having serious complications from the virus, though he did not disclose on Saturday whether he was experiencing any symptoms.