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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:57 PM

Maine officials say they are seeking legal authority to enforce their quarantine of the nurse who protested her three-day detainment in New Jersey upon her return last week from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

Kaci Hickox, who was released by New Jersey Monday after she tested negative for Ebola over the weekend, is now in Fort Kent, Maine, and has stated she will not comply with a voluntary quarantine there, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement Wednesday.

LePage’s office has been working with Maine health officials “to seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine,” according to the statement.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:01 AM
In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering over the state's preparedness for Ebola treatment at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Gov. Christie said in an interview with NBC's "Today" Show Tuesday that he had not backed down from his Ebola quarantine policy by releasing a nurse who had protested her confinement in a New Jersey hospital.

The governor also continued to defend the requirement of 21-day quarantines for health care workers who have been in contact with Ebola patients, dismissing criticism from national health officials that the policy he announced late last week went too far.

"We're not moving an inch," Christie said.

The nurse released Monday, Kaci Hickox, had called her detainment at University Hospital in Newark “inhumane,” arguing that there was no need to hold her after she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport last Friday on her way back from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 9:56 AM
A photo of Kaci Hickox overseas, courtesy of the University of Texas at Arlington. (UTA)

The nurse who has protested her mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after working with Ebola patients is being released to Maine, Gov. Christie’s administration announced this morning.

Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola on Saturday, has remained symptom-free for 24 hours, the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement. The nurse, who has been held in isolation since landing at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday, asked to go to Maine and will be taken there via private carrier, the health department said.

She will remain subject to New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine order until she leaves the state, the department said.

POSTED: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:57 PM

Gov. Christie on Sunday defended his decision to require quarantines for anyone flying into New Jersey after having contact with Ebola patients in West Africa – including a nurse who told CNN Sunday that her rights had been violated by her detainment.

Christie, who joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday to announce that the two states would be taking a stricter approach than federal officials to combat the spread of Ebola, said on "Fox News Sunday" that “it was my conclusion that we needed to do this to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey.”

Saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “shifting protocols” related to Ebola, Christie said the CDC “eventually will come around on this.”

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:48 PM

The director of New Jersey’s State Investment Council said in May that it would take several weeks to audit the state’s $15 million investment in a venture-capital firm, after questions were raised about a political donation by a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate linked to the firm.

But the review still isn’t done. And under the process outlined by Treasury officials, it won’t be released until next month – after Republican Charlie Baker could be elected as governor of Massachusetts.

At issue is a New Jersey policy that prevents the Treasury Department from investing in a fund whose investment managers have contributed to state political parties or committees in the preceding two years.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:47 PM
Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, reported nearly $700,000 in income in 2013, according to tax returns released Friday -- up from about $480,000 the year before. ( JOHN MUNSON / Newark Star-Ledger, file)

Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, reported nearly $700,000 in income in 2013, according to tax returns released Friday -- up from about $480,000 the year before.

Most of the income – $475,854 – came from Angelo, Gordon & Co., an investment firm where Mary Pat Christie is managing director.

The couple also reported $34,698 in income from Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment bank where Mary Pat Christie has worked as a bond trader. A Christie spokesman did not respond to a question on whether Mary Pat Christie is currently working part time, as she has in the past.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10:27 PM

Gov. Christie’s monthly appearance on a New Jersey radio program got a little testy Wednesday night, as the Republican governor took issue with a retired police officer's assertion that he was “hurting the working man.”

“Who’s hurting the working man?” Christie shot back at the caller, identified as “Bob in Toms River” on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor program.

“Do you have a public job, Bob?” Christie said. “You’re a retired police officer who’s getting free medical benefits for life, and a pension. … Has your medical benefits been impacted at all?”

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:50 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears as the keynote speaker at the NAACP New Jersey Convention in Parsippany, N.J. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, with NAACP Head, Richard Smith, seated to the left. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Carmine Galasso)

Gov. Christie helped raise $21.5 million between July and September as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, bringing its fundraising total this year to $72 million, the group announced Wednesday.

The New Jersey governor, who has been traveling the country to support Republican candidates in advance of the Nov. 4 elections, has helped raise a record $90 million since taking over as RGA chairman last November, a spokesman for the group said.

The RGA plans to spend $100 million on this year’s elections, which will decide 36 gubernatorial seats. Republicans currently control 22 of the seats.

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