Christie to chair Trump transition team

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (File: Courtesy of the Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (File: Courtesy of the Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen)

New Jersey Governor Christie Christie says it’s an honor to be selected by presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump to be chairman of his transition team.

Christie says he’ll help Trump put together a plan for his first 200 days in the White House if he wins in November. He’ll recommend people to fill key positions in a Trump administration but has not yet come up with candidates for chief of staff or the head of the National Security Council.

“I’ll do that in consultation with experts in those areas and we’ll put a list of options in front of the candidate after the election and then he’ll get to make a choice or if he’s got an idea that’s not on the list, he’ll get to pick that person, and we go out and vet that person as well.”

Christie isn’t not sure how much time his transition role duties will take away from his job as governor.”I can’t give you an exact amount of timing, but I’ve always been able to manage my time pretty well and I don’t think it will take me out of state much at all, maybe to Washington DC once in a while.”

Christie says he’s honored to be on the short list of a potential Trump running mate. But he says he was also on Mitt Romney’s short list….and came up short.

A list Christie does not expect to be on is the names of unindicted conspirators in the George Washington Bridge closure scandal.

“I find it highly doubtful that I’ll be on that list given that I didn’t know what was going on.”

Tuesday Federal District Judge Susan Wigenton ordered prosecutors to make the list public.

Two of Christie’s former allies are accused of conspiring the close lanes on the bridge in September of 2013 as political retribution for the Mayor of Fort Lee not endorsing Christie for reelection.

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