NEWARK - A federal judge has dismissed claims that Gov. Chris Christie and state health officials violated the constitutional rights of a nurse quarantined because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.
U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty agreed with state lawyers that Christie and the other officials are immune from the federal civil rights charges brought by Kaci Hickox.
But McNulty ruled in the decision published last week that Hickox can move forward with the parts of her lawsuit alleging false imprisonment and invasion of privacy.
“One thing is certain: this decision vindicates my rights by giving me the opportunity to find out from Gov. Christie directly whether the decision to detain me was motivated by science or by politics,” Hickox said in a statement provided by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Hickox was working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone during the deadly Ebola outbreak in 2014. She was stopped when she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport and questioned before being quarantined. She tested negative for Ebola and was later allowed to return home to Maine.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.