Trump ally Chris Christie tests positive for COVID-19

Christie is one of many Republicans close to Trump that tested positive for the virus

Loading the player...

The former governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has COVID-19.

In an announcement on Twitter Saturday afternoon, Christie told his followers that he tested positive for the virus.

“I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19. I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two,” Christie tweeted.

“I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition.”

Read More: President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19

His admission is the latest in a string of virus cases in President Donald Trump‘s social circles.

As theGrio previously reported, Trump tweeted on Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump, had the virus after Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks tested positive.

Soon after that, Trump’s former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, announced that she also tested positive for COVID-19.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) talks with guests in the Rose Garden after President Donald Trump introduced 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, as his nominee to the Supreme Court at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The list of Republican figures with COVID-19 continues to grow: GOP chair Ronna McDaniel, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have all tested positive, CBS News reported.

Christie was once Trump’s rival during the 2016 presidential election. Christie became Trump’s ally soon after dropping out of the race.

The former governor had a role in preparing Trump for his debate with former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland.

Before the night of the debate, Christie said he tested negative and had no symptoms of the virus.

Read More: Trump’s former adviser Kellyanne Conway tests positive for COVID-19

Trump, is staying at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the next few days, is tweeting from his hospital bed.

“Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!! Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!,” Trump tweeted.

Have you subscribed to theGrio’s podcast “Dear Culture”? Download our newest episodes now!

Loading the player...