Christie Is ‘Surprised’ Pence Is Still On Campaign Trail After Aides Contract COVID

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participates in a discussion about his new book at the Washington Post January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the book titled, 'Let Me Finish: Tr... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participates in a discussion about his new book at the Washington Post January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the book titled, 'Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics,' Christie claims that Jared Kushner was determined to push him out of President Trump’s orbit because Christie had prosecuted his father in 2004 for tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign donations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 25, 2020 1:08 p.m.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday said that he’s “surprised” that Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning despite several of his aides testing positive for COVID-19.

Appearing ABC News on Sunday morning, Christie — who was hospitalized for COVID-19 earlier this month after working with President Trump on his debate preparations ahead of the first presidential debate — was asked about his thoughts on Pence staying on the campaign trail, which the VP’s office justified by arguing that he’s “essential personnel.”

After saying that “the whole getting of COVID to begin with and the not wearing of masks has been a problem,” Christie stressed the importance of putting “the health of the people they’re going to be in touch with first.”

Christie then recalled that when he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, he “immediately” quarantined himself” before being hospitalized.

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“But you got to keep yourself away from everybody and I’m a little bit surprised,” Christie said, referring to Pence hitting the campaign trail.

Late last month, Christie attended the White House event announcing Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Christie later expressed regret for not wear a mask at the event and that it was an error on his part to believe he was in a “safe zone” due to the testing requirements at the White House.

Watch Christie’s remarks below:

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