Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is changing his tune about how Americans should be dealing with COVID-19 after spending seven days in the ICU battling the virus. Christie was one of the many officials tied to the White House who contracted the virus around the same time as President Donald Trump.
Christie is now urging Americans to wear masks to protect themselves and others, noting that he thought he was in a “safe zone” when he entered the White House, and helped President Trump prep for the debate. “I was wrong,” he said in a statement. “I was wrong to not 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.”
Christie also seemed to distance himself from Trump who suggested the virus was no big deal after he recovered. "No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others," Christie offered. "It is something to take very seriously. The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly." He added, “as a former public official, I believe we have not treated Americans as adults, who understand truth, sacrifice and responsibility."
Finally implored Americans to follow CDC guidelines to wear a mask in public to protect others.