Trump Taps Christie To Lead White House Transition Team


Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is wasting no time getting ready for a potential win in November and named Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey to lead his White House transition team

“Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November,” Trump said in a statement posted on his website. “I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.”

“I am honored by the confidence being placed in me by Mr. Trump and look forward to putting together a first rate team to assemble an administration to help best serve the President-elect and the nation,' Christie said in the statement.

Although it's early to publicly announce a transition team compared to past presidential nominees, this is the second time Trump has announced members.

On May 6, the Trump campaign told The New York Times the billionaire real estate mogul tapped his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a 35-year-old scion of another real estate family, to be on the transition team.

The New York Times reported that Corey Lewandowski, the Trump campaign manager, and Paul Manafort, a senior adviser, will also be tasked with determining who else should be on the transition team.

Christie, who endorsed Trump for president in February after dropping out of the primary race himself, has been a strong supporter of Trump ever since and has been rumored to be a possible vice presidential pick.

But he's not the only former Trump challenger who dropped out of the race and is rumored to be a potential VP pick due to his ties to the presumptive candidate.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who also backed Trump after dropping out of the GOP primary, is rumored to be a potential pick for vice president, as well as a possible choice as education secretary, according to Education Week. 

Sources:, New York Times, Education Week / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia

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