Christie relying on 20 transition panels to recommend appointees, alert him to issues

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:53
christieepstein1_optBY TOM HESTER SR.

Gov.-elect Chris Christie is seeking advise on how to form and operate his administration from people in government, lobbying, law, industry, business, education and law enforcement.

Christie, who will take office Jan. 19 has formed 20 transition committees with directions to offer him the names of potential appointees and present him with issues his administration may face.

"We are privileged to have such an accomplished and respected group of leaders from both the private and public sectors heading up our sub-committees on issues and appointments,'' David Samson, the transition chairman, said. "The first step to ensuring a smooth transition is analyzing and evaluating departmental performance and finding qualified and innovative people to handle the work that needs to be done. They are up to the task."

Here are the committee members:

Comments (1)
1 Thursday, 26 November 2009 09:33
Has anyone noticed that for the Energy/Utilities transition team most of the members are the executives of the regulated utilities? Doesn't that even raise the "appearance" of a potential conflict of interest as these members would be in a position to make changes favorable to their companies? Not a good start for the Christie administration. Maybe Samson should do a better job of vetting these transition teams.
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