The fact that there is even such a thing as a “quiet car” may give some train riders from New Jersey an allergic reaction. And that’s exactly what happened when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stepped onto the infamous “quiet car” on Sunday. Christie got a reaction, but not the one that required a dab of cortisone cream–rather, one that required damage control.
Chris Christie was removed from Amtrak’s “quiet car.” Practically unnoticed was Hillary’s removal from the “honesty car.”
— WH PRESS SECRETARY (@weknowwhatsbest) October 26, 2015
The train was traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York. The story, first reported by Gawker and later reported by CNN, was that: “Chris Christie was asked to leave Amtrak’s quiet car Sunday morning after passengers complained to a conductor about the New Jersey governor yelling at his security detail and into his cell phone, according to a rider.” Gawker’s story was even more damning. Their story title ran as “Chris Christie, Sipping a Smoothie, Was Kicked Off an Amtrak Car For Screaming on His Phone.”
The proverbial that there are “two sides to every story” is now being discussed. The other side of the story comes from a Twitter user, Katie Klabusich. Klabusich, who says she was seated with Christie at a table on the quiet car, tweeted that the official media “narrative is completely inaccurate.” Klabusich tweeted: “He was simply alerted to being on the quiet car; it happened before we were moving; no one had the chance to complain. And he wasn’t loud. He didn’t know he was on the quiet car.”
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Klabusich tweeted: “Yeah. The photo [of Christie on the train circulated by the media] was taken halfway up the aisle by someone who couldn’t possibly have heard the exchange w/the conductor,” which Klabusich reported was that of a cordial, well-mannered patron who needed to excuse himself to be able to continue his phone call.
Yelled at “SS agents”, yelled into phone, & then Chris Christie got kicked off Amtrak’s quiet car. Character tells. https://t.co/L0X0A9mNuI
— margaret stuart md (@marstu67) October 25, 2015
The Christie team reaction was swift. The campaign responded: “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.”
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