Chris Christie broke a cardinal rule on a train ride this morning resulting in a polite ousting from the coveted Amtrak car on the D.C. to New York route. Christie plopped down in the quiet car on the 9:55 a.m. train to New York, making quite the annoyance out of himself. It seems the GOP presidential candidate was anything but quiet in the quiet car!
According to The Gothamist on October 25, the peacefulness of the “quiet car” echoed with Christie’s voice, which is a voice that carries. It appears as if he was a bit loud while sounding off in an anger-like tone as he gave the person on the other end of the phone a run for their money.
“This is frickin ridiculous” and “Seriously?! Seriously?!” These are the words that one passenger reports he overheard. Alexander Mann said Christie was sipping a pink smoothie from McDonald’s through it all. Mann continued:
“He got on last minute yelling at his two secret service agents I think because of a seat mix-up, 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.”
MSN News reports that Christie climbed aboard the Amtrak Acela train following his appearance on a Sunday morning show in the nation’s capitol. MSN also reminds their readers that no one, absolutely no one, is above the stead-fast rules of keeping quiet while in the quiet car. Not even a governor making a run at the White House is exempt.
It is anyone’s guess as to who Christie was talking to at the other end of that phone. The Gothamist refers to Christie as the “bullying aficionado and presidential nopeful,” when setting the stage for Christie’s train ride this morning. Apparently Christie’s camp got wind of his train ride slithering into the headlines today because he made an apology via his spokesperson, Samantha Smith. She said:
“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.” Smith went on to say, “Sincere apologies to all the patrons of the quiet car that were offended.”
Update: Katie Klabusich, who was also a passenger on the train with Christie, has a different take on the Governor’s phone call incident than Mann. She took to Twitter to say that she was sitting at the same table as Christie on the train when the incident happened and she claims the description of the scene by Alexander Mann is not entirely fair.
Christie had no idea he was in the quiet car and when the conductor approached the Governor to check the tickets he said, “Sir this is the quiet car.” Christie then replied, “You’re kidding. It’s the quiet car? Alright” & to the phone “I gotta go, I’m in the quiet car. Call you back,” reports Klabusich.
Then in another tweet she asked a couple of questions then answered them herself. Klabusich writes, “Did he appear annoyed? Sure. Apparently having a sh*t logistics day & someone f**ked up.”
Her next question and answer: “Was he screaming, causing a scene? Hardly.” There you have it, another witness heard from.
Klabusich went on to bash the reports and the source. The Gothamist reminded their readers that because she left out that he was drinking a McDonald’s smoothie, there was some “glaring holes” in her story!
Klabusich also reported that Christie got on the train and sat in the first open car, which was the “quiet car.” She also said it is in a “different location from the express.” Was this the first time Christie and his entourage rode the weekend train?
It didn’t take long for people to start calling her out on her side of the story. After all that has been said and done, what is known for sure is that Christie accidentally sat in the quiet car and talked on his phone. Then at one point he went to an adjacent car. This much is reported by his own rep in his apology statement.