New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as the chairman for Donald Trump’s transition team should the billionaire businessman win the presidential election this fall.
“Gov. 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 statement announcing the decision.
It had been reported last week that Trump was considering his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to head up the transition team.
Christie was the first sitting governor to endorse Trump back in February, less than a month after ending his own presidential campaign. Since then, Christie has faced questions about whether he’s vying for a potential spot as Trump’s running mate or in his Cabinet.
“I have a hard time believing anyone would ask me to be vice president,” Christie said last month, though Trump has previously said there “could certainly be a place for him” on the ticket.
Christie has had a visible presence in the Trump campaign in the past few months. He stood behind Trump during the presumptive nominee’s election night news conference nearly two weeks ago, and Christie traveled to Indiana last month with Trump to attend political meetings, including a meeting with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
“I am honored by the confidence being placed in me by Mr. Trump and look forward to putting together a first-rate team to assemble an administration to help best serve the president-elect and the nation,” Christie said in Monday’s statement.
Christie’s second term as governor ends in January 2018.