Gov. Chris Christie was asked to leave Amtrak’s quiet car Sunday morning for carrying on a loud conversation on his cell phone while traveling from Washington.
Christie spokeswoman Samantha Smith says he accidentally took a seat in the quiet car and that the Republican presidential candidate offered sincere apologies to any patrons who were offended.
After about ten minutes, the conductor asked Christie, who was sipping a strawberry smoothie, to head for a noisier car. Smith says after breaking “the cardinal rule of the quiet car,” Christie promptly left for the cafe car.
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.