Christie Announces He Tested Positive For Covid-19, A Day After He Said ‘No One Wore Masks’ At Trump’s Debate Prep


Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, becoming the fifth person on President Trump’s debate preparation team to get sick — Christie said “no one wore masks” — and at least the eighth guest at the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to get the virus. 

Key Facts

Christie said he was tested Friday and announced his positive test on Saturday. 

Christie told MSNBC “no one wore masks” at debate preparation.

The members of the debate preparation team were Trump, White House advisors Hope Hicks, Jason Miller and Stephen Miller, former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager Bill Stepien, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Christie, according to CNN’s Dana Bash. 

Key Background

It appears the Rose Garden event to announce the nomination of Barrett to the Supreme Court was a “superspreader” event. At least eight people who attended have tested positive: Trump, the First Lady Melania Trump, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, an unnamed journalist who works at the White House, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Conway, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Christie. Tillis and Lee, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Barrett this week. At least fifteen people in and around the White House have tested positive.

What We Don’t Know

After Trump’s announcement early Friday morning, a number of family members and government officials have disclosed negative test results, however, that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear — Dr. Matt Binnicker, director of clinical virology at the Mayo Clinic, says he recommends people wait five to seven days from exposure until getting tested, as this waiting period “increases the likelihood that the test will be positive if they’ve truly been infected.”

Further Reading

Trump, First Lady Test Positive For Covid-19 (Forbes)

White House Learned Of Hope Hicks Diagnosis Thursday—But Moved Forward With Trump Fundraiser Anyway (Forbes)

Pence Tested Negative For Covid-19; Here’s Why He Should Remain Quarantined (Forbes)

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