Obama Rips Christie's Quarantine Order

President Obama has criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's quarantine order for a nurse who returned to Newark after treating Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.

Policies to contain the virus should be based on science, rather than "on our fears," Obama said Tuesday.

He warned that isolation requirements for health-care workers coming back from West Africa could deter them from "doing God's work," CNN reported. Obama noted that doctors and nurses serving in Ebola-ravaged countries have a "really tough job."

Christie said he quarantined Kaci Hickox due to public-safety concerns, though the nurse has not had any Ebola symptoms. On Monday, the governor allowed her to be isolated and monitored in her home, instead of at a medical facility.

"Her service and commitment to this cause is something that should be honored and respected," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "I don't think we should do that by making her live in a tent for two or three days."

CNN noted that the clash between the president and Christie has political overtones. The governor is among the potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Many conservatives are still angry at Christie for working with Obama to coordinate Hurricane Sandy relief two years ago.

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