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10/27/2014 10:07 am ET Updated Oct 28, 2014

Chris Christie: Quarantined Nurse To Be Released

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials say a nurse who was quarantined after working in West Africa with Ebola patients is being released.

The state Health Department said in a statement Monday that Kaci Hickox had been symptom-free for 24 hours and would be taken on a private carrier to Maine.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie also tweeted out the Health Department's statement about Hickox's release on Monday:

Hickox has complained about her treatment in N.J. and was talking about suing. She was the first person forced into a mandatory quarantine in the state, announced Friday by Christie for people arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport from three West African countries.

In a Dallas Morning News op-ed on Saturday, Hickox criticized her treatment, saying "no one seemed to be in charge" while she was quarantined.

"I wondered what I had done wrong," she wrote.

Hickox also criticized Christie during a call with CNN on Sunday.

"First of all, I don’t think he's a doctor. And secondly, he's never laid eyes on me," Hickox said.

Norman Siegel, a prominent civil rights attorney, told the New York Times Sunday he'd been hired by Hickox to file a federal lawsuit over her quarantine.

UPDATE -- 2:23PM: Hickox was released from the Newark hospital later Monday, according to ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky.

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