Christie ‘surprised’ Pence to campaign after aides test positive for COVID-19

Christie ‘surprised’ Pence to campaign after aides test positive for COVID-19

By Joseph Choi – 10/25/20 09:51 AM EDT

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristiePence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19 Documents show Trump campaign ignored coronavirus guidelines at Duluth rally: report A Nixon playbook will fail on the debate stage MORE, a top GOP ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: ‘Florida Man wouldn’t even do this stuff’ Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence’s chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, said he’s surprised that Vice President Pence is hitting the campaign trail after Pence’s chief of staff and other aides tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I think everybody’s got to put the health of the people they’re going to be in touch with first,” said Christie, who tested positive for the coronavirus and was hospitalized earlier this month. 

“You got to keep yourself away from everybody, and I’m a little bit surprised,” he said on ABC’s “This Week” in response to a question from host Martha Raddatz about the news from Pence’s office. 

“The whole getting of COVID to begin with and the not wearing of masks has been a problem,” Christie said at the beginning of his remarks.

Christie contracted the coronavirus in early October after the first presidential debate. The former New Jersey governor had worked with Trump on his debate preparations.

He spent one week in the hospital after his diagnosis as a “precautionary measure” due to his history of asthma.

Christie attended the White House ceremony announcing Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE to the Supreme Court, which has since been regarded as a superspreader event.

Christie has since said he was wrong to not wear a mask to the event, mistakenly believing himself to be in the “safe zone” due to the testing requirements at the White House.

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