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Gov. Chris Christie hospitalized for breathing problems, ‘back at work tomorrow’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to be discharged from the hospital Thursday evening, governor’s office spokesperson Kevin Roberts said in an e-mail to The DC.

Despite being hospitalized earlier in the day for breathing problems, Christie is expected to bounce back.

“All tests came back normal,” Roberts said. “Expect him to be back at work tomorrow.”

This story was updated to reflect new information. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized early Thursday.

The governor was sent to Somerset Medical Center for breathing difficulties, according to a statement from the spokesperson Michael Drewniak.

“Governor Christie was having difficulty breathing this morning and out of an abundance of caution he went to Somerset Medical Center to be checked out,” Drewniak said in a statement.

Christie suffers from asthma and has been plainspoken during town hall meetings about his use of a rescue inhaler.

Drewniak added that the governor will undergo a series of tests, as a “precautionary measure” for dealing with asthma.

A spokesperson for Christie’s office confirmed to TheDC that the governor was alert and talking.

“I can confirm that the governor is doing fine and is staying at the hospital as a precaution while tests are concluded,” spokesperson Kevin Roberts told TheDC via e-mail.

Gov. Christie canceled a Thursday 10:30 a.m. bill-signing appearance and a radio show call-in scheduled for 7 p.m.

The statement released from the governor’s office expressed gratitude for the care Christie is receiving at the hospital.

“The Governor is extremely grateful for the quality of care he is receiving this morning and has nothing but praise for the world-class doctors, nurses and staff.”