Chris Christie Booted from Amtrak Quiet Car, Apologizes
Chris Christie got the boot from the quiet car on Amtrak's Acela train this past Sunday.
The New Jersey Governor was on board the Washington to New York train, he was pictured carrying a healthy McDonald's smoothie, leaving the quiet car after a conductor gave him a choice -- get off his cell phone or exit the car.
In the special quiet cars, there is absolutely no talking on your cell phone and if you are going to communicate with a fellow passenger you're supposed to do it as if you're in a library -- in a whisper.
Word is the governor was talking loudly to members of his entourage and on his phone.
A passenger on the train emailed CNN's Eric Bradner and gave an eyewitness account:
Governor Christie's office issued this statement: "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."
Christie was leaving Washington after appearing on Face The Nation where he took aim at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
He said: "That type of lawlessness sets a tone, and then when you have liberal mayors like Bill de Blasio in New York who are basically tying one hand behind the back of police officers, and then we have folks - murder rate up 11 percent - police officers in New York City being murdered. I'll be the type of president who will back up law enforcement, back up the police officers because I was a law enforcement officer."
De Blasio responded with this statement: "NYC is not on any high-crime lists. The governor simply does not know what he is talking about."