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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.

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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.

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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.

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