New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was taken to the hospital on Thursday after having "difficulty breathing," his spokesman said.

"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," spokesman Michael Drewniak said in statement, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"In line with someone dealing with asthma, he is being given routine test as a precautionary measure," he added. "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."