Christie checks into hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort NJ governor's approval rating slips to 57 percent: poll Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE (R) announced Saturday that he had checked himself into a local hospital hours after he tested positive for COVID-19, describing it as 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 the latest officials in Trump’s orbit to test positive for the infection after news broke early Friday that President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE had contracted the virus. 

Christie was at the White House last Saturday for the announcement of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE to the Supreme Court. The ex-governor was spotted interacting closely with others at the event without a mask on.


Christie was also with the president last week to assist with his preparation for the first presidential debate. That group also included top Trump aide 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 and former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? MORE, both of whom have tested positive for the virus within the past couple days. 

Christie, 58, is overweight, putting him at a higher risk for complications with the virus. His hospitalization comes as Trump remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Many have raised concerns that Trump’s weight could lead to worsened conditions for the president. 

There are currently conflicting reports as to the timeline and current state of Trump’s treatment, with White House physician Sean Conley saying Saturday that the president was doing “very well.”

However, a source familiar with the president’s health described Trump’s condition as “very concerning.”