Donald Trump has tapped Chris Christie to lead his transition team, which would prepare the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for the White House if he wins in the general election.
“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 quote released Monday morning as part of a campaign statement.
“I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.”
The campaign said it expects to have the transition team running in an “official capacity” in November.
With six months until the general election and eight until the next president’s inauguration, President Obama took his first step toward the eventual transition last week with an executive order creating the White House Transition Coordinating Council.
Christie was an early supporter of Trump, jumping on board in the heat of primary season after his own failed presidential bid. The New Jersey governor has also been working to help repair Trump’s image with the GOP, telling reporters last Thursday he’d meet with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to help ease his concerns after the top House Republican said he would not yet endorse Trump.
Christie is also seen as a potential Trump Cabinet member or vice presidential pick if he wins the White House.
The campaign’s statement also notes Trump “has begun shifting towards a general election strategy and implementing an infrastructure capable of securing a victory.” A big part of that plan has been bringing on longtime political operatives and those familiar with the intricacies of a general election race.
Last week, he hired former Goldman Sachs partner Steve Mnuchin as his national finance chairman as his first step to build out a fundraising operation that Trump hopes will help him defeat the Democratic nominee in the fall.