TRENTON - Lawyers for Gov. Chris Christie and state health officials have asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit from a nurse who sharply criticized being quarantined at a hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa in 2014.

State lawyers said in the response to nurse Kaci Hickox's federal civil rights lawsuit Friday 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 last year's deadly Ebola outbreak. She was stopped when she arrived at Newark Liberty International airport and questioned before being sent to stay in quarantine in a tent outside of a hospital in Newark.

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

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.