It's sounds like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a bit of a rough commute on Sunday morning -- nearly missing his 9:55am train and eventually getting kicked out of the quiet car for talking too loud.
As first reported by Gawker, Christie was asked to leave the quiet car shortly after the Amtrak Acela train departed from Washington D.C. because other passengers complained he was speaking loudly -- even screaming -- while on his phone. Yes, this is the same Chris Christie who famously replied to a heckler by saying, "Sit down and shut up."
Witnesses told Gawker that the Republican presidential hopeful did not sound happy -- repeating things like “this is frickin’ ridiculous” and “seriously?! seriously?!” But then again, who wouldn't be frustrated about spending a perfectly good Sunday morning stuck on a long train ride? Oh, and how are you supposed to know you're in the quiet car if you can't hear the complete silence of the other passengers over your own voice?
A spokeswoman for Christie later offered "sincere apologies" to the "offended" passengers on behalf of the governor.
“On a very full train this morning, the Governor accidentally took a seat in Amtrak’s notorious quiet car,” Christie spokeswoman Samantha Smith said in a statement to The Daily Beast. "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.”
Ultimately, we can all rest assured about one thing: nobody is above the quiet car rules.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and prefers riding in the dining car because it's way more comfortable and there's drinks. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.