Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said some controversial things throughout his career, but his comments about the coronavirus pandemic could be the worst. Given the unprecedented situation, it’s understandable that everyone seems to have an opinion on how best to respond to the virus as a community, but Christie’s opinion may need some tweaking.
In early May 2020, the former presidential candidate told CNN’s Dana Bash about The Daily DC podcast that he wants people to return to work as soon as possible, and that he is willing to risk some lives to do so.
It’s worth noting that, as of this writing, New Jersey has one of the highest death tolls in the country due to Covid-19 with over 8,000 deaths, according to NJTV. Current models predict that there will be thousands of deaths per day throughout May 2020 and the death toll will drop to less than 100 per day sometime in late summer.
Social distancing efforts and the closure of the coronavirus are difficult for everyone, especially financially speaking, but the goal is to reduce the number of deaths and stress in the health care system.
In short, as nice as it is to wake up and everything to be “normal” again, it won’t happen overnight. Christie, like some celebrities, other Republicans, and even President Donald Trump, has apparently not yet accepted that.
Chris Christie wants everything to open now
Chris Christie told CNN’s Dana Bash on The Daily DC Podcast that he believes states across the country should stop social distancing and lift the blockades to get people back to work. Of course, everyone wants to save as many lives as they can, but the question is, to what end, ultimately?” He continued: “Are there ways we can… thread the medium here to allow for deaths, and there will be deaths no matter what?”
He then went on to say that Americans would have to accept a reopening of whether they feel safe or not. “We have to let some of these people go back to work, because if we don’t, we are going to destroy the American way of life in these families, and it will be years and years before we can recover,” Christie said.
To top it off, the former New Jersey governor said that if he were in the Oval Office, he would send a message to the American people that they “had suffered a significant death before,” signaling the first and second world wars. He concluded: «We have passed it and we have survived it. We sacrifice those lives.
President Donald Trump would also like to start opening the country so that Americans can return to work despite the prediction that more than 100,000 lives could be lost, reported by CNN.
President Donald Trump would probably agree with Chris Christie
Chris Christie’s comments come after President Donald Trump has downplayed current models that predict coronavirus deaths. As of this writing, about 40 states are slowly easing restrictions, as indicated by the US. Today, which means that previous models of the death toll have changed. Currently, the White House is using a model that shows the death toll doubled from around 70,000 to 135,000 by August 2020, which Trump says does not take into account the “mitigation measures,” although he did not specify what they were, reported by ABC News.
Trump also retweeted a tweet in April 2020 that read #FireFauci, referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He said at the time: “This was one person’s opinion. Not everyone is happy with Anthony. Not everyone is happy with everyone. But I will tell you that we have done a job like no one else has ever done,” Trump said, according to CNN.
Fauci, for his part, insists that his recommendations to stop the reopening “based on evidence and experience” are to keep people alive.
Chris Christie and others may want to hear from experts
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, does not believe that those who want to reopen the country sooner rather than later are taking his recommendations seriously. He told CNN: “How many deaths and how much suffering are you willing to accept to return to what you want to be a form of normality sooner rather than later”?
And he added: “There are people who are going to disagree with me. Some of them, quite violently in many ways, you know, telling me I’m crazy, you know how to fire Fauci, do this, do that. That is part of the game.”
There will surely be many more discussions on the best way to get people back to work and save people’s lives during the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, politicians like Christie, Trump, and others will listen to the experts and make life-saving decisions.