Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Taking Over Transition Effort
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is taking over the role previously held by New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The position puts Pence in charge of nominating cabinet members and other key West Wing posts.
Pence will not be alone in his evaluations: three of Trump’s adult children and his son-in-law will join a 16-member advisory committee to help guide his choices.
Christie will now be a vice chairman for the transition team. He had been in charge of the transition for several months. He has also been a strong supporter of Trump after he dropped out of the Republican primary race. It is not certain but it is believed that Christie has lost some momentum. This follows the conviction of two of his former aids, in the scandal involving the closing of access lanes at the George Washington Bridge, three years ago.
Always the optimist, Christie wrote in a statement that he is “proud to have run the pre-election phase of the transition team.” He also said he looks forward to working with Mr. Pence. He continued, “I want to thank President-elect Trump for the opportunity to continue to help lead in the next phase.”
Christie was being considered for a cabinet post. Now it is unclear if he is still being considered as there are concerns he might not be confirmed. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is said to have wanted to marginalize Christie’s role.
Several people briefed on the transition process said it has been somewhat chaotic since Trump’s victory.