Chris Christie releases ad targeting 'all those people who refuse to wear a mask'
Former Gov. Chris Christie appears in a television ad aimed at "all those people who refuse to wear a mask," as he states bluntly in the 30-second spot, which he released Wednesday night on Twitter.
"It's wrong to let mask wearing divide us," Christie says, adopting a humble tone suggesting penitence for his failure to use a face mask and protect himself before contracting COVID-19 in early October.
"Lying in isolation in an ICU for seven days, I thought about how wrong I was to remove my mask at the White House," Christie said, in a possible reference to time spent helping President Donald Trump prepare for the first debate with then-candidate Joe Biden.
Or to a Sept. 26 event in the Rose Garden at which Trump announced his decision to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.
That event has since been dubbed a "super spreader," where many officials, including the president himself, were suspected to have contracted COVID-19.
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Reflecting on his decisions and the seriousness of his illness, Christie said he has come to realize the importance of shielding one's face in public and other shared spaces and the politicization of the issue, as so-called "anti-maskers" go bare-faced in obstinacy over public calls for the preventive measure.
"It's wrong to let mask wearing divide us," he says in the ad, "especially as we now know you're twice as likely to get COVID-19 if you don't wear a mask."
Reporters from NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY Network Atlantic Group were unable to confirm that claim. A representative for Christie cited data from the Journal of the American Medical Association that evaluated the efficacy of different types of masks in filtering small particles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend cloth or disposable masks and maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet to stem the spread of the virus.
"Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others," the agency says on its website, noting that "several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms, and those who are not yet showing symptoms, can still spread the virus to other people."
Christie's tweet said the ad will run on television nationwide.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.