Governor Chris Christie has apologized after getting kicked out of an Amtrak quiet car on Sunday for talking too loudly on his phone, according to a report in the Daily Mail, which added that a spokeswoman for the New Jersey governor, Samantha Smith, said Christie accidentally took a seat in the car while returning from Washington D.C.
Another passenger on train, Alexander Mann, was in the quiet car when Christie was ejected and was quoted by the Daily Mail: “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 in the quiet car. After about ten minutes the conductor asked him to stop or go to another car.”
Amtrak conductors generally urge passengers to maintain a “library-like atmosphere” in the quiet car, according to the Daily Mail report, and conductors are known to ask noisier passengers to change cars.
“He got up and walked out again, yelling at his Secret Service,” passenger Mann said in the article, adding that Christie kept repeating “this is frickin’ ridiculous” over and over.
“On a very full train this morning, the governor accidentally took a seat in Amtrak’s notorious quiet car,” Christie spokeswoman Smith said in an email quoted in a related New York Times report. “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.”
Christie had appeared on CBS's “Face the Nation,” which tapes in Washington, earlier on Sunday morning, according to the Daily Mail. During his appearance, the Republican presidential hopeful had talked about the Black Lives Matter movement, saying that President Obama is encouraging “lawlessness” and that he does not believe that the movement “should be justified when they are calling for the murder of police officers,” the article stated.