By Mike Dougherty

By Mike Dougherty

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – A nurse who spent time in Africa during the Ebola outbreak is suing Governor Chris Christie and members of his administration, who ordered her to be quarantined once she returned to the US.

READ MORE: Police Searching For Gunmen After Shots Fired Near Chester County High School Football Game

Kaci Hickox was working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. Her Lawyer, Norman Seigel, says she’s seeking $250,000 because Christie had no legal basis to detain her. She was held for nearly 80 hours at a hospital in Newark.

“The temperature readings, the blood tests demonstrated, there was no basis for doing what they did to her,” Seigel says.

READ MORE: District Attorney Larry Krasner, Mayor Jim Kenney Speak Out On Philadelphia's Ongoing Gun Violence Crisis

Seigel says no scientific or medical explanation was given:

“It was a political decision, perhaps pandering to the fear that existed a year ago in this country about Ebola.”

MORE NEWS: Habitat For Humanity Breaks Ground On Four Montgomery County Homes

Christie has said he made the decision to ensure public health.