FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2016, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at a public forum in New Providence, N.J. Christie maintains that he has no recollection of any of his aides telling him about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Christie said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” that the Friday, Nov. 4, guilty verdicts against two former aides confirms his belief that only three people were responsible. Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were convicted of scheming with former Christie ally David Wildstein to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing him when he ran for re-election in 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) (AP)

Chris Christie out, Mike Pence in as head of president-elect's transition team

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will now lead the transition team for the Donald Trump administration


Taylor Link
November 12, 2016 1:30AM (UTC)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is no longer running Donald Trump's transition team, with Vice President-elect Mike Pence now responsible for the smooth transfer of power in the White House.

Christie will continue to serve as one of the chairs of the transition team, along with Rudy Giuliani and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, but he will not be the leading man.

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Per Bloomberg Politic's Jennifer Jacobs, other executives on Trump's transition team include Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pennsylvania; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee; Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pennsylvania; Rep. Chris Collins, R-New York; and Florida attorney general Pam Bondi.

Other transition leaders include Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who waded into the political fray this year due to his curious support for President-elect Trump, is also reportedly part of the transition team.

Christie, who is still embroiled in the Bridgegate scandal, had reportedly been advocating "never Trump" Republicans for some important positions in the White House.

Trump has apparently rejected this proposal, as evidenced by Pence's new role on the transition team.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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