Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday that state governors are implementing quarantines themselves because they don’t trust the Obama administration to handle the worldwide Ebola crisis.

“Governors of both parties are reacting because there isn’t a trust in the leadership of this administration. Getting that back is doable. It’s our responsibility to do it, but it’s also now our responsibility to second guess,” said Issa, who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa was interviewed on CNN by Candy Crowley in a segment focusing on the federal government’s response to Ebola.

On Friday, governors in Illinois, New Jersey and New York imposed 21-day quarantines on healthcare workers from West Africa. Caught up in the new rules was a nurse from Texas who was quarantined in a tent inside a Newark hospital event though she tested negative for Ebola. She was also interviewed by Crowley, and lashed out at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for trying to make public health decisions without any medical expertise.

“The governors are asking the White House and the Administration to give them answers,” said Issa. “If they give them answers that are better than what they’re doing then these governors, I believe, will do it. Until that time, they’re doing what they think is right.”

Issa represents the 49th District which includes coastal San Diego from Del Mar north, plus Vista and San Marcos, as well as large parts of south Orange County.

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