Even Chris Christie Silenced By Amtrak “Quiet Car”
New Jersey Governor (and flagging 2016 presidential candidate) Chris Christie was caught speaking loudly in one of Amtrak’s “Quiet Cars” on Sunday. The designated talk-free zones have been known to ban even loud laptop typing, and the infamously forceful and unapologetic actually apologized (through a spokesperson) on Sunday.
Christie apparently had the misfortune of wandering into the car during a harried commute from Washington, DC back to New Jersey. Amtrak trains typically only have a single quiet car (if any), and the governor would be far from the first person to not realize they had entered such a car until it was too late.
A fellow passenger described the scene to Gawker:
He got on last minute yelling at his two secret service agents I think because of a seat mixup, sat down and immediately started making phone calls on the quiet car. After about 10 minutes the conductor asked him to stop or go to another car. He got up and walked out again yelling at his secret service. He was drinking a McDonald’s strawberry smoothie.
Note: As governor, Christie is protected by New Jersey State Troopers, not Secret Service agents.
However, Katie Klabusich, a writer for feminist site The Establishment (read: possibly not a fan of Christie politically), defended the pol. Though it is tempting to picture the often-belligerent pol as creating a scene, a third passenger said he “appeared annoyed,” but was “hardly” creating a scene.
The governor’s spokeswoman later issued a statement acknowledging the misunderstanding, and making a rare (and is that sarcastic?) Christie apology:
“On a very full train this morning, the Governor accidentally took a seat in Amtrak’s notorious quiet car. After breaking the cardinal rule of the quiet car, the Governor promptly left once he realized the serious nature of his mistake and enjoyed the rest of his time on the train from the cafe car. Sincere apologies to all the patrons of the quiet car that were offended.”