Chris Christie reveals he spent seven days in ICU as he admits he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House and tells Trump he has ‘not treated Americans as adults’
Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who contracted COVID-19, admitted he was ‘wrong’ for not wearing a face mask at the White House event for Amy Coney Barrett and during debate prep sessions with President Trump.
Earlier this month, Christie revealed that he was one of more than a dozen people, including several members of Trump’s inner circle, who tested positive for the virus as an outbreak sparked in the White House just one month before the November election.
Christie has long championed the opinions of Trump, who repeatedly downplayed the severity of the pandemic, but broke ranks on Thursday in an interview with The New York Times.
He told the publication that he falsely believed that the Rose Garden event on September 26 was in a ‘safe zone.’
Chris Christie (center) hugs Maureen Ferguson (left), senior fellow at the Catholic Association, after President Donald J. Trump spoke with Judge Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremony to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House
‘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.
‘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.
He then urged Americans to take the virus seriously as officials continue to record cases and deaths at concerning levels. Eight million Americans have been infected and 217,000 have died.
‘I hope that my experience shows my fellow citizens that you should follow C.D.C. guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.’
Christie was among a crowd of mask-flouting Trump administration constituents who gathered in the Rose Garden to honor Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
White House officials have investigated the event as a COVID ‘super-spreader’ that may have contributed to several attendees positive diagnoses.
After the event, Trump administration confidants like Kellyanne Conway, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Hope Hicks announced their infections.
Melania Trump, who also tested positive, revealed that the couple’s 14-year-old son, Barron, contracted the virus as well.
Chris Christie (center) is pictured at the Rose Garden event at the White House last month when he flouted CDC guidelines and did not wear a proper face mask
THE TOLL OF COVID FROM SCOTUS NOMINEE EVENT
1. President Donald Trump, 74; 2. First Lady Melania Trump, 50; 3. Fr. John Jenkins, 66. President of the University of Notre Dame; 4. Mike Lee, 49. Republican Utah Senator; 5. Thom Tillis, 60. Republican North Carolina Senator; 6. Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President; 7. Chris Christie, 58. Former New Jersey Governor; 8. Kayleigh McEnany, 32. White House Press Secretary; 9. Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary, 22. 10. Karoline Leavitt, 23. Assistant Press Secretary. 11. Pastor Greg Laurie, 67. Harvest Crusades televangelist.
* Bill Barr, 70: self-isolating out of caution.
AT EVENT AND STOOD AT BACK OF ROSE GARDEN
12. Hope Hicks, 31. Counselor to the President; 13. Bill Stepien, 42. Trump Campaign Manager; 14. Nicholas Luna, 29. Chief of Oval Office Operations and ‘body man’; 15. Unnamed White House reporter
And previous reports noted that Christie was part of the President’s debate preparation team ahead of the disastrous against Joe Biden last month.
He later confessed on Good Morning America that the preparation team congregated around Trump without any of them wearinf face masks.
‘No one was wearing masks in the room when we were prepping the president during that period of time,’ he said on October 2. ‘And the group was about five or six people, in total.
Trump revealed that day that he contracted the virus, and Christie announced his infection the next day.
While speaking with the Times, Christie added that COVID-19 was ‘something to take very seriously. The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly.’
Christie admitted himself to Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey and was placed in the intensive care unit for seven days. He was released on October 10.