New Jersey Chris Christie is being sued by the nurse who grabbed the national spotlight last year by publicly defying detainment after returning to the U.S. from Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone where she was treating victims with the disease.
Kaci Hickox is accusing Christie and other New Jersey health officials for "unlawfully and unreasonably" detaining her after her plane landed at Newark International Airport in October of 2014. She was later moved to University Hospital in Newark, where she was held in an isolation tent and monitored for several days. Health officials said Hickox was displaying symptoms of Ebola, a claim Hickox denies.
The text of the lawsuit alleges Hickox was deprived of due process and was unlawfully quarantining her pursuant to a mandatory quarantine protocol in New Jersey for any healthcare workers who treated patients with Ebola in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
"I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey governor Chris Christie's private prison," Hickox said in a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which teamed up with Hickox to file the lawsuit on Thursday.
"My liberty, my interests and consequently my civil rights were ignored because some ambitious governors saw an opportunity to use an age-old political tactic: fear," Hickox said.Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com