Vice President-elect Mike Pence will replace Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) as head of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, spokesmen for the transition said Friday.
Pence will serve as chairman of the transition team, while Christie will now serve as vice chair. Christie will join fellow vice chairs Dr. Ben Carson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
The team also announced that Trump’s executive committee will include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, and several of his adult children, .
“Together this outstanding group of advisors, led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, will build on the initial work done under the leadership of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to help prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one,” Trump said in a statement. “The mission of our team will be clear: put together the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement our change agenda in Washington. Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation -- specifically jobs, security and opportunity. This team is going to get to work immediately to Make America Great Again.”
Pence said in a statement, “President-elect Trump will bring about fundamental change in Washington, and these are the right people to make that happen.”
“This team of experienced leaders will form the building blocks of our Presidential Transition Team staff leadership roster, and will work with elected officials and tireless volunteers to prepare our government for the transfer of power on January 20th,” Pence added.
The New York Times reported that Trump “told advisers he wanted to tap Mr. Pence’s Washington experience and contacts to help move the process along, according to people familiar with the discussions.”
The Times also noted that two of Christie’s former aides were recently convicted for their roles in the Bridgegate scandal.