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Pence takes over from Christie in leading Trump transition

Posted at 2:31 PM, Nov 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead the presidential transition now, a source on transition planning told CNN.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been in charge, will be vice chairman along with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn also will serve as transition vice chairmen, sources said.

The source said Pence leading it was not unusual, citing the role of Dick Cheney in George W. Bush’s transition.

Pence has relationships with both congressional Republicans and GOP governors. Marc Short and Nick Ayers, two of Pence’s top staffers, will be heavily involved, as will Sessions’ chief of staff Rick Dearborn, sources told CNN.

The New York Times first reported the shakeup.