- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is out as Trump's transition chair, replaced by VP-elect Mike Pence
- Move came just a after Christie convened a meeting over Trump's plans to take office
- Trump campaign announced transition advisors - in a list that includes Ivanka Trump, both her brothers and her husband
- Also on this team is venture capitalist Peter Thiel who co-founded PayPal and Steve Bannon, Trump campaign CEO
- President-elect Donald Trump flew to New York after meeting with President Obama and congressional leaders Thursday
- Lawmaker says White House chief of staff could get named this weekend with Bannon, Kushner, and Priebus in the mix
- Lobbyists and think tanks flooding transition effort to fill thousands of jobs and craft agenda
He ousted New Jersey governor Chris Christie as head of his presidential transition and appointing running mate Mike Pence to chair the effort, with all his adult children and his son-in-law also on board.
Ivanka, Donald Jr and Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law are all on the team.
So too is Silocon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder who brought down gossip website Gawker by funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit.
'Together this outstanding group of advisors, led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, will build on the initial work done under the leadership of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to help prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one,' Trump said in a statement announcing the change.
Christie is to stay on as a vice chair. He is joined by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, defeated rival Dr. Ben Carson, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, who traveled with Trump and advises on national security, and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
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Kushner, also fills a role. He accompanied Trump to Washington when he met with President Obama and congressional leaders on Thursday.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who became a story during the campaign after it was revealed Trump's foundation had accidentally given her a campaign contribution around the time she decided not to join a lawsuit against Trump University, also is part of the effort.
Also on the transition advisory list is venture capitalist Thiel, who spoke at the GOP convention and bet against the liveral Silicon Valley consensus.
Trump campaign CEO Steven Bannon is a member, as are several lawmakers, including Rep. Chris Collins of New York, the first to endorse Trump.
SkyBridge Capital founder and Trump-backer Anthony Scaramucci is part of the effort. So is Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus.
Early Trump backers Rep. Lou Barletta and Tom Marino are on the list, along with California Rep. Devin Nunes, who hosted Trump for a California fundraiser that banked $1.3 million.
Marino called his decision to endorse (he was the fifth national lawmaker to do so) 'one of my life-changing moments.''
Donald has been my friend for 28 years, all my work on behalf of him is done out of great loyalty and friendship to him,' said Giuliani at Trump Tower Friday. 'I can see already, how he is going to be a great president. And I’m glad I can play a small role.'
Christie was still running the effort as of Thursday. On Wednesday, he chaired a meeting about the transition in New York. He also appeared on the 'Today' show Thursday to talk transition steps, notwithstanding the convictions of two senior Christie aides in the Bridgegate scandal just days before the election.
Christie has also been reported to be in the running for several senior jobs.
Two former Christie aides, Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, were found guilty last week after a 7-week trial over their role in the Bridgegate scandal over lane closures to the George Washington Bridge. Another pled guilty. Former Christie associate and port authority executive head David Wildstein pled guilty to his role.
After a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C. where he met with President Obama for the first time, President-elect Donald Trump began Friday inside Trump tower, where he said he had a 'busy day' planned hiring his team.
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At the top of the agenda is hiring a chief of staff who would oversee Trump's effort to 'Make America Great Again' with swift action being contemplated on health care, immigration, and economic policy.
'Busy day planned in New York. Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!' Trump tweeted.
It was the only official guidance provided to members of the media keeping track of Trump's schedule. The only information provided Thursday night was that Trump was headed back to New York.
Reporters camped out inside Trump tower outside a Starbucks revealed that Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon entered the building, as did advisor David Bossie, who got brought in to aide Trump's campaign effort.
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was also spotted.
New York Rep. Chris Collins, who was the first lawmaker to endorse Trump, told CNN Friday the decision on a chief of staff could come by this weekend.
One leading candidate, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, appeared on ABC's 'Good Morning America' Friday morning.
Bannon, who joined Trump's effort after leading conservative web site Breitbart.com, is a leading contender, the New York Times reported Thursday. He is considered a leading force behind some of the brash tactics that Trump employed in the final weeks of the campaign, including bringing Bill Clinton accusers to a presidential debate.
He was frequently spotted at Trump's side during appearances.
Christie appears out given his demotion from leading the transition team.
Also mentioned is Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband, who accompanied Trump to his meeting with President Obama. Kushner met with Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough on Thursday.
Collins said a choice on the top job could come as soon as this weekend.
According to an organizational chart obtained by Politico, the transition team includes lobbyists for tobacco giant Altria, the American Council of Life Insurers, General Electric, the Pharmaceutical industry, Dow Chemical, and energy giant Southern Company.