NEW YORK: Donald Trump on Monday picked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to lead his White House transition team in the event the billionaire wins the November presidential vote. Christie, 53, essentially joined team Trump in February, endorsing Trump just after the governor himself dropped out of their party’s presidential primary. “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. Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after whittling down a crowded field that included Christie as well as final rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Trump is likely to run against Democrat Hillary Clinton, and she currently leads a two-way race against him, polls show. “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.