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New Jersey Asks Judge to Toss Suit from Ebola-Quarantined Nurse

TRENTON, N.J. - Lawyers for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state health officials have asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit from a nurse who was quarantined in the state because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa in 2014.

State lawyers said Friday in the response to nurse Kaci Hickox's federal civil rights lawsuit that health workers acted with the public's safety in mind when they had her quarantined.

Hickox was working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone during the deadly Ebola outbreak. She was stopped when she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport and questioned before being quarantined. She tested negative for Ebola.

The state also says Christie and the other officials are immune from lawsuits over public health quarantines.