Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan offers support to friend Chris Christie after COVID-19 diagnosis

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Saturday that his “prayers are with” his friend Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Christie, who confirmed his diagnosis Saturday, is one of the latest in the inner circle of President Donald Trump’s administration to contract the virus that has caused a global pandemic. The Republican helped Trump, who has also tested positive for the virus, to prepare for the televised debates Tuesday with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.


Christie announced his diagnosis Saturday in a tweet, stating, “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,” he said in the tweet.


Hogan, also a Republican, tweeted Saturday that he was praying for Christie — who he described as a friend — and for the three members of the U.S. Senate, the president, first lady Melania Trump, their staff and all those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Hogan has shared details of his relationship with Christie in his political memoir, “Still Standing,” which was published in July. Hogan wrote the book with Ellis Henican, a columnist and political commentator who has co-written several books, including “Let Me Finish” with Christie.

While Christie supported Trump during the 2016 election and Hogan has openly criticized the president, Christie and Hogan said they have a strong friendship and political alliance.

Baltimore Sun reporters Pamela Wood and Scott Dance contributed to this article.