Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid MORE (R) said Monday the country needs to reopen while accepting the fact that there are going to be deaths from the coronavirus.
“Of course everybody wants to save every life they can, but the question is towards what end, ultimately?” Christie said in an interview with CNN’s Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE on The Daily DC Podcast.
“Are there ways we can ... thread the middle here to allow that there are going to be deaths, and there are going to be deaths no matter what, and if we can do things to keep people in the mode of wearing masks, of wearing gloves, of you know, distancing where appropriate,” he added.
He said “we’ve got to let some of these folks get back to work.” If not, he said, “we’re going to destroy the American way of life in these families and it will be years before we can recover.”
Bash asked Christie whether Americans would be able to accept reopening economies in light of the Trump administration projecting the U.S. could see up to 3,000 deaths per day from the coronavirus by June 1.
"They're gonna have to,” he responded, according to CNN.
Some governors have started lifting coronavirus restrictions, allowing certain nonessential businesses to reopen. The White House guidelines recommend states and regions keep restrictions in place until a 14-day period of declining cases is reported, but the decision is ultimately up to state and local leaders.
In Christie’s home state of New Jersey, which has reported 128,269 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has not lifted a statewide stay-at-home order.
New Jersey is the second-hardest-hit state in the U.S., following New York, which has reported 318,953 confirmed COVID-19 cases.