“This message is not for everyone. It is for all those people who refuse to wear a mask. You know I was in isolation in the ICU for seven days. I thought about how wrong it was to put my mask in the White House. to take off, ”says Christie. in the ad. “Today I’m thinking about how wrong it is to let wearing a mask split us up, especially since we now know that you are twice as likely to get Covid-19 if you don’t wear a mask. Because if you don’t does, right, we could all end up on the wrong side of history. Please wear a mask. “
A knowledgeable source told CNN that the ad is being paid for by philanthropist Ray Chambers’ family foundation. Chambers is a former New Jersey financier, worked for the United Nations for 10 years and is currently the Global Strategy Ambassador for the World Health Organization.
The ad will hit television for the next two weeks, with broadcasts on Fox News Channel, Newsmax and SiriusXM Radio.
Christie, who suffers from asthma, had herself hospitalized with Covid-19 in October, a few days after preparing President Donald Trump for his first presidential debate on the White House election.
He wrote that he dropped his guard while preparing for the debate with Trump, saying earlier this month that “no one was wearing masks.”
“I viewed the bubble of security around the president as a viral safe zone. I was wrong. There is no safe zone for this virus,” Christie wrote.
After Trump’s hospitalization, masks were not needed at campaign rallies and supporters were often seen packed together.
This story has been updated with additional reporting.