New Jersey congresswoman gets COVID-19 after sheltering in Capitol room with Republican legislators refusing masks

New Jersey congresswoman gets COVID-19 after sheltering in Capitol room with Republican legislators refusing masks
Jan. 11, 2021 - New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced she'd tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after sheltering in place with several other lawmakers during the riots at the Capitol. (Office of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman)

WASHINGTON — A New Jersey congresswoman tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday less than a week after taking shelter with fellow legislators during the riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey) said on Twitter that she decided to get tested for the virus after “sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks” on Wednesday.

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Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin is one of six House Republicans who refused to wear masks offered to them while sheltering in place.

“I’m not trying to get political here,” Mullin can be heard saying after refusing a mask in a video posted online by Punchbowl News.

Mullin along with Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, Texas Rep. Michael Cloud and California Rep. Doug LaMalfa were all seen on video unmasked and gathered closely together after refusing the face coverings offered to them.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware) told CNN Friday she was “very concerned we were sitting in a super-spreader event but instead of sitting back and lamenting, I tried to go into action to try and persuade people to put them on.”

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