Even as New Jersey officials released a nurse they had kept quarantined in a tent since her return from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, an unapologetic Gov. Chris Christie dismissed those who questioned his handling of the case and denied that he had reversed himself.
The nurse, Kaci Hickox, 33, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders, became the first public test case for a mandatory quarantine that both Mr. Christie and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Friday.
Ms. Hickox’s lawyer, Steven Hyman, said that she had been released midday Monday from University Hospital in Newark. A hospital spokeswoman said that two black sport utility vehicles with tinted windows were headed to Maine, with the patient as a passenger in one. The spokeswoman, Stacie Newton, declined to say where in Maine the convoy was going, or whose vehicles they were.
The nurse’s departure, enshrouded in secrecy, capped a whirlwind four days in which Ms. Hickox criticized Gov. Christie’s quarantine policy, hired a legal team to defend her civil rights and had the governor defending a policy that he announced in association with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.