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

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.

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.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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