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Chris Christie was discharged from the hospital after receiving remedy for the coronavirus

Chris Christie, former governor of Central New Jersey, speaks to attendees after US President Donald Trump announced the candidate for Justice to the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on Saturday. September 26, 2020.

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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was discharged from Morristown Medical Center on Saturday after testing positive for the coronavirus a week ago.

"I am pleased to announce that I was released from Morristown Medical Center this morning. I would like to thank the exceptional doctors and nurses who have looked after me over the past week," Christie wrote in a tweet. "Thank you to my family and friends for their prayers. I will have more to say about this next week."

Christie was hospitalized for a week to fight the virus. When Christie first checked into the hospital, he said it was an important precaution given his history of asthma.

Doctors gave Christie the antiviral drug remdesivir, the same treatment that President Donald Trump received when he was hospitalized with Covid-19 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to CNN.

Christie is among several senior Republicans close to Trump who contracted the virus.

Before Trump announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Christie helped the president prepare for the presidential debate against Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Christie had also attended Trump's nomination announcement for the Supreme Court in the White House on Saturday, September 26th.

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