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Chris Christie showing 'abundance of politics' on Ebola, says quarantined nurse

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is talking tough about Ebola because it makes for good politics, not necessarily because he thinks it's smart policy, says the nurse who was quarantined in the Garden State.

"When Governor Christie stated that it was an abundance of caution, which is his reasoning for putting health-care workers in a sort of quarantine for three weeks, it was really an abundance of politics," the nurse, Kaci Hickox, said on NBC's Meet the Press. "And I think all of the scientific and medical and public health community agrees with me on that statement."

Hickox was isolated in New Jersey after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. She threatened to sue and was then released. After returning to Maine, a judge there rejected that state's attempts to legally confine her to her own home.