Christie, who announced he tested positive on October 3, was one of nearly three dozen people diagnosed with a coronavirus related to a White House outbreak that appeared in late September and early October.
Christie attended a Rose Garden ceremony on September 26 for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett accompanied by internal receptions and has since been described as a “rich event” by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist.
The former governor was seen hugging guests without a mask at the event, and he said he did not wear a mask during many sessions of Trump̵7;s preparations for the first presidential debate on September 29.
Christie was admitted to New Jersey’s Morristown Medical Center on the news of his infection and was released from hospital on Saturday after a week of intensive care.
In a statement Thursday in The New York Times, Christie reflected on his fight against the coronavirus and acknowledged that he was “wrong” for not wearing a mask at the Rose Garden ceremony or in the prep of the Trump debate.
Christie echoed those sentiments on Friday, arguing that leaders “need to tell people there is no failure in your wearing of masks and, in fact, there could be a lot of upside.”
Trump, on his television at the NBC News town hall on Thursday night, said he was “good at masks” and “okay with masks.” But he also backed up misleading data about their effectiveness as a mitigation step and talked about a waiter “playing with his mask” while serving him food.