Where is Chris Christie? Since he checked into the hospital following his positive COVID-19 diagnosis, there’s been rampant speculation about the former New Jersey governor’s health. There have even been claims that he’s in the ICU and on a ventilator to cope with the virus — but journalist Matt Katz has insisted this is not true.
Katz, who previously wrote a book on Christie, cleared the air in a single tweet. He wrote on October 7, “@GovChristie is NOT on a ventilator. This is false info spreading on twitter. I’ve spoken to multiple people who’ve been on the phone with the governor daily after he was admitted to Morristown Medical Center for testing Covid+. They say he’s in good spirits & getting good care.”
Katz did not directly refute the claim that Christie is in the ICU.
Here’s what you need to know:
Christie Has Been in the Hospital for 4 Days; the Former Governor Has Asthma
Christie has been hospitalized at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey since Saturday afternoon, October 3. The former governor has asthma, the New York Post reported. That, along with his weight and age, makes him more vulnerable to coronavirus complications.
Christie announced on October 3 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure,” he wrote on Twitter.
In addition, Christie, 58, has battled obesity for years. The Hill reported that Christie’s “is overweight, putting him at a higher risk for complications with the virus.”
Sources close to the governor maintain he is doing well. One source told the Post, “He’s in good spirits and getting good care,” while another told the publication, “The governor is doing fine. He’s just being cautious. He’s been talking and texting with people all day. It’s Chris Christie!”
Rumors Continue to Swirl About Christie’s Health as He Remains Away From the Public Eye
Despite these assurances from sources that Christie is not in dire health, many online have continued to speculate about the fact that he’s been away from the public eye for four days now.
Chris Hayes tweeted on Wednesday, “I know Chris Christie gave an interview the day after he was hospitalized but are there updates since? Is he doing OK?”
Jacqueline Thompson, a wedding and event planner, tweeted on Wednesday morning, October 7, that “Chris Christie is in ICU and reported to be put on a ventilator.”
Thompson claimed to have multiple sources when she was pressed on the veracity of her statement. She wrote, “My sources are anonymous. 2 are media, 1 is not.”
Thompson’s tweet seems to be the source of much of the speculation, as her tweet was retweeted over 1,000 times and quoted over 1,000 times as well.
Christie is among numerous attendees of the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination celebration in the White House Rose Garden on September 26 who have since been diagnosed with COVID-19. Others who have tested positive include President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, White House adviser Hope Hicks and Utah Senator Mike Lee.