NJ Governor Christie Stands by Comments On Detained Nurse Returning from Sierra Leone

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with East Dover Marina owner Rick Wietzel during a stop Wednesday in Toms River, N.J., on the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: Thomas P. Costello, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie meets with East Dover Marina owner Rick Wietzel during a stop Wednesday in Toms River, N.J., on the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
(Photo: Thomas P. Costello, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood by comments he made that a nurse appeared to be ill when she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport last week from from Sierra Leone, where she was working with Ebola patients.

“She appeared at the airport, she was symptomatic, we sent her to the hospital for her own health and for the public health,” the Republican governor said.

Kaci Hickox, a 33-year-old nurse with Doctors Without Borders, was forcibly held in an isolation tent in New Jersey for three days under the state’s strict new law for health care workers who have recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa.

Christie said the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention thought that the circumstances were serious enough to have Hickox tested for Ebola.

Christie also noted that the U.S. Department of Defense has ordered that preparations be made to quarantine all military service members returning from duty in West Africa.

Hickox, who does not have any symptoms of the deadly virus, was allowed to leave New Jersey on Monday, and now is staying at the home of her boyfriend in Fort Kent, Maine, WLBZ-TV reports.

The governor made the comments while touring a marina in Toms River that was heavily damaged in Superstorm Sandy. Wednesday marked the second anniversary of the Oct. 29, 2012 disaster.

The governor was also scheduled to visit Belmar and Union Beach on Wednesday.

SOURCE: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press – Erik Larsen

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