Chris Christie says he checked into a hospital as a precaution hours after testing positive for coronavirus

By Michelle Mark

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently assisted in President Donald Trump's debate preparation, announced Saturday he had checked into a hospital as a precaution after testing positive for coronavirus.

In a tweet, Christie noted he was experiencing "mild symptoms."

"In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon. 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 wrote.

Christie tested positive earlier on Saturday. Just one day earlier, Christie had reported experiencing no symptoms.

The virus has infected a number of members of Trump's inner circle, including the first lady, counselor Hope Hicks, former counselor Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager Bill Stephen, and Republicans Sens. Ron Johnson, Thom Tillis, and Mike Lee.

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In this Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, photo former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, front second from right, speaks with others after President Donald Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington.
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Christie attended Trump's debate preparation sessions earlier this week, and he later told Good Morning America that no one in the room wore masks during the sessions.

Christie also attended the September 26 announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court — a celebration that is now widely speculated to have acted as a super-spreading event.

The event and took place in the White House's Rose Garden with guests seated closely together and mingling on the sidelines, largely without wearing masks.