VP-elect Mike Pence to lead Donald Trump's transition team

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, replacing New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Trump picked his transition chairman and other leaders today - his biggest staffing announcement since he won the election this week.

Mike Pence at a public rally
Mike Pence will head up Donald Trump's transition team (Darron Cummings/AP)

Trump said Pence would "build on the initial work" done by Christie, adding: "Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation -- specifically jobs, security and opportunity."

Christie, who had been running Trump's transition planning for months, will now serve as vice chairman.

He is joined on the executive committee by former house speaker Newt Gingrich, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Alabama senator Jeff Sessions.

Chris Christie after voting
The announcement amounts to a demotion for Chris Christie (Bob Karp/AP)

A statement says more than a dozen other people will also advise Trump on transition matters.

They include some of Trump's children, Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus and former Breitbart news executive Steve Bannon.