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Chris Christie confirms he voted for Trump

Chris Christie confirms he voted for Trump
© getty: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieTrump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Biden moves forward as GOP breaks with Trump rise MORE (R) confirmed Thursday that he voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE after sparking speculation earlier in the day over whether he would back the president. 

“Two things to say this afternoon. First, I have now voted and I voted for President Trump. Second, no matter where you are in public, please remember to wear your mask,” Christie tweeted.

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The clarification comes after a Wall Street Journal reporter asked him at Newark Liberty International Airport who he voted for, to which he repeatedly responded that he had not yet voted.

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Christie has been a years-long confidante of the president, becoming an early endorser of Trump’s 2016 campaign after he dropped his own presidential bid. The former governor is known to have served as an outside adviser to Trump since he entered the White House.

Christie expressed remorse earlier this month for not wearing a mask at a White House event at which a number of people, including him, appeared to have contracted the coronavirus.

Christie said he thought he was in a “safe zone” when he attended a Sept. 26 event where Trump officially nominated Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettMcConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report Federal appeals court sides with Texas, Louisiana efforts to cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE to the Supreme Court. Days later Trump announced he and the first lady had tested positive for COVID-19, and a string of staffers and other attendees later reported the same diagnosis. 

“I believed when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that I and many others underwent every day,” Christie said in a statement to The New York Times. “I was wrong. I was wrong not to wear a mask at the Amy Coney Barrett announcement and I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the president and the rest of the team.” 

“I hope that my experience shows my fellow citizens that you should follow [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others,” he continued, adding the virus is “something to take very seriously.”