Vice President-elect Mike Pence is replacing Gov. Chris Christie as head of the team transitioning President-elect Donald Trump to the White House, Trump announced Friday.
The move comes one week after two former associates of the New Jersey governor were convicted on conspiracy charges in the so-called Bridgegate scandal. Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, the associates, had been charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in plotting to shut down lanes on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as an act of political retribution.
Sources told The New York Times, which first reported the shuffle, which Pence would be taking over the transition team to capitalize on his Washington connections.
In a statement, Trump announced that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Dr. Ben Carson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, US Sen. Jeff Sessions, and Christie would serve as vice chairs on the team. And several notable names, including tech mogul Peter Thiel, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and several of Trump’s children were listed on the transition team’s executive committee.
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