Chris Christie tests positive for COVID after helping prepare for debate

Former New Jersey Gov Chris Christie has become the latest insider to test positive for coronavirus, after attending the 'superspreader' Supreme Court nomination at the White House last weekend and helping the president prepare for Tuesday's presidential debate.

Christie tweeted: '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.

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

The diagnosis came a day after was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Washington, DC, after he and first lady Melania tested positive. 

Christie joins at least nine figures in the president's inner circle who have tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend. 

Christie was seen hugging and shaking hands with other attendees at the ceremony in the Rose Garden while not wearing a mask.

Christie joins at least nine figures in the president's inner circle who have tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

Christie joins at least nine figures in the president's inner circle who have tested positive after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

Christie joins at least nine figures in Trump's inner circle who became infected after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

Christie joins at least nine figures in 's inner circle who became infected after attending Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court last weekend

The former governor had also attended debate prep sessions on Monday with 's campaign manager Bill Stepien and former White House counselor , who have both been confirmed to be infected. 

Christie told ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that he was among five or six people who gathered in the White House's map room on Monday to help prepare Tuesday's debate.

And he revealed: 'No one was wearing masks in the room when we were prepping the president'.

Few of the attendees at the SCOTUS nomination ceremony last weekend were wearing masks

Few of the attendees at the SCOTUS nomination ceremony last weekend were wearing masks

Chris Christie revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus after helping President Trump prepare for Tuesday's presidential debate

Chris Christie revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus after helping President prepare for Tuesday's presidential debate

Stepien, 42, received the results of his test on Friday night, Politico reported, citing a senior campaign official who said he is suffering 'mild flu-like symptoms'.  

The campaign manager, who was also at the SCOTUS nomination event, had traveled to Cleveland with and his team on Tuesday for the first presidential debate.

Stepien was seen there in close proximity to the president's top aide Hope Hicks, who also tested positive. 

The senior official who spoke to Politico said Stepien will work remotely while Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clark - who tested negative - is expected to oversee the campaign's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.    

Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien (pictured with the president aboard Air Force One on August 28) tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday

Donald 's campaign manager Bill Stepien (pictured with the president aboard Air Force One on August 28) tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday

Trump was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday after he and first lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) prior to being hospitalized

was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday after he and first lady Melania tested positive. The president addressed the nation in a Twitter video (pictured) prior to being hospitalized  

Advisers stressed that Stepien, who became campaign manager in July when replaced Brad Parscale, will maintain control of the campaign, Politico reported.

But his diagnosis undoubtedly throws a wrench into the team as yet another head of the president's re-election effort, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, also revealed on Friday that she too is infected. 

The news of a coronavirus cluster within 's inner circle came just under a month ahead of the presidential election as polls show the incumbent trailing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in several key battleground states.    

Cleveland officials said at least 11 people involved in the set-up and planning of Tuesday night's debate have tested positive for coronavirus, but said that no city residents appear so far to have contracted the virus as a result of the event. 

Cleveland officials said at least 11 people involved in the set-up and planning of Tuesday night's debate (pictured) have tested positive for coronavirus

Cleveland officials said at least 11 people involved in the set-up and planning of Tuesday night's debate (pictured) have tested positive for coronavirus

Nine people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday have now tested positive for COVID-19, giving rise to fears that it was a 'super-spreader event'

Nine people who attended Amy Coney Barrett's ceremonial nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday have now tested positive for COVID-19, giving rise to fears that it was a 'super-spreader event'

The cluster may have emerged three days prior to the debate when announced Barrett as his pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. 

The September 26 gathering attracted around 100 people - many of them not wearing face masks and

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