Just three days after handing over the keys to the governor's mansion, Christie was told by cops at Newark Airport to wait in line like everybody else.
The entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport, which Christie used for eight years as governor of the state, is reserved for airport personnel or flyers who require additional security personnel to accompany them. He attempted to enter through a special access area with his State Police security detail, located near the exit of the restricted area of the terminal, reported CBS News, citing a person familiar with the event. The former governor was traveling with a New Jersey State Trooper, who was providing security for Christie.
Yet, a Port Authority officer halted Christie and rejected him passage close to the limited region of the terminal, disclosing to him that was never again permitted section into that entrance point.
The order came from police for the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which operates the airport, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about security matters.
"It's incredibly frustrating to think to yourself, 'Wow, if this guy were not in the race, we'd win this thing, '" Christie told NJ.com.
The two-term Republican, who left office on January 16, tried to go through an entrance he had used for eight years only to learn that his first-class expectations were just a flight of fancy.
Christie was replaced by Democrat Phil Murphy, who was sworn in as the state's 56th governor on Tuesday.