Chris Christie Still Hospitalized with Coronavirus 6 Days After Saying He Was Infected: Reports
Tom Pennington / Getty Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (right) in 2016
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is reportedly staying in hospital six days after announcing he contracted the novel coroan virus, despite little information about his condition.
Christie, 57, who first said last Saturday he tested positive to a wave of infections at the Trump White House, is at higher risk of complications from underlying health problems, including asthma.
A source told NJ.com on Wednesday that Christie was in a good mood and not on a ventilator. Sources told the site that nothing had changed on Thursday afternoon.
In an interview with NJ.com, current Governor Phil Murphy called his predecessor "the epitome of the Jersey fighter". The point of sale found that the average hospital stay for coronavirus patients outside of China is five days.
Reporter and Christie biographer Matt Katz confirmed these reports of Christie's health, telling WNYC Thursday that several friends of the governor had confirmed that Christie felt well enough to make calls from his hospital room that day.
CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted Tuesday that he had communicated with Christie, and Christie also called a New Jersey newspaper columnist from the hospital Monday morning. In an Associated Press report released the same day, Christie's son Andrew was quoted as being in a coronavirus isolation room but "he is fine," the AP wrote.
(Christie could not be reached for comment from PEOPLE on Friday.)
A day after it became known that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus, Christie said in a tweet that he was also sick. In the days following these announcements, more than a dozen Trump aides, allies in Congress and officials in the administration have also confirmed positive tests.
In a tweet shortly after his diagnosis was announced, Christie said he checked into Morristown Medical Center on the advice of his doctors and said he had "only mild symptoms" but was being hospitalized as a precaution.
"I am grateful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to getting home soon," he tweeted on Saturday.
The former governor, who served on Trump's transition team and remains closely associated with the campaign, helped the president prepare for his first debate against Joe Biden in the days leading up to Trump's positive test on late October 1.
Christie previously told ABC News that nobody wore masks while preparing the debate, and the president has refused to use them despite health warnings as they are important preventative measures.
Others reportedly involved in this prep, including Trump advisors Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, also tested positive. (Many of those infected also attended a major event on September 26 in the Rose Garden for Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett.)
RELATED: Chris Christie Argues Americans Must Accept Coronavirus Death To Reopen The Economy
Christie previously criticized some of his views on containing the coronavirus pandemic.
In May, he argued that states should move to reopening with some restrictions, saying that people would have to get used to the idea that thousands of people would die as a result of the reopening, which is needed to support the economy. (Trump has made similar arguments, claiming that the shutdown and the resulting financial pain lead to overdoses, suicides, and other social ills.)
"Of course everyone wants to save every life they can, but the question is: for what purpose in the end?" Christie told Dana Bash from CNN on her Daily DC podcast. "Are there any ways we can thread the needle in here to enable there will be deaths and there will be deaths no matter what?"
"The economic devastation is just as sad," he said then.
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