New Jersey governor asked to leave Amtrak quiet car for being too noisy

New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie was asked to leave an Amtrak quiet car Sunday morning for well, not being quiet.

Amtrak Quiet Car.

Amtrak Quiet Car. Image by Cliff / CC BY 2.0

After boarding his train from Washington, DC to New York City, Christie “sat down and immediately started making phone calls on the quiet car,” according to Gawker, which first reported the story after receiving a tip from another passenger on Christie’s train. “’After about 10 minutes the conductor asked him to stop or go to another car,’” Gawker’s source reported. At that point, Christie left the quiet car.

A spokesperson for Christie, Samantha Smith, confirmed the story to the Huffington Post: “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."

Amtrak offers quiet cars on several of its routes. On those cars, “guests are asked to limit conversation and speak in subdued tones,” according to Amtrak’s website. “Phone calls are not allowed and all portable electronic devices must be muted or used with headphones (passengers using headphones must keep the volume low enough so that the audio cannot be heard by other passengers.)” Quiet cars are marked with the symbol of a raised finger to a person’s lips.

Phone conversations are allowed in the other cars.

Gawker also reported that Christie almost missed his train in the first place and then didn’t get the seat he wanted. Christie also was also enjoying a Smoothie on board. U.S. presidential candidates—they travel just like us! (Well, at least the ones polling at 2% do.)

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