NEW YORK — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he is sorry for talking on Amtrak’s “quiet car” Sunday morning after he was asked to switch cars for allegedly screaming on his cell phone.
According to Spokeswoman Samantha Smith, Christie accidentally took a seat in the quiet car, but then left when he realized what he had done.
A statement was released:
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.
Passenger Alexander Mann, who was in the same car as Christie, told Gawker that Christie “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.”
Smith confirms that Christie did not have secret service men with him and he was not “screaming” on the phone.
Amtrak conductors generally urge passengers to maintain a “library-like atmosphere” in the quiet car. It’s not uncommon for conductors to ask noisier passengers to change cars.
The Republican presidential hopeful had appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” earlier in the morning.