Now that Donald Trump has pulled off a remarkable, historic victory in the race for president, the Republican's transition to the White House officially begins Thursday, with an invite from President Barack Obama to meet in Washington.

Gov. Chris Christie is the head of Trump's transition team, and speculation is continuing that the two-term New Jersey chief executive could have a place within a Trump administration.

For Christie, an increased or continued role under Trump would be viewed as validation of the governor's contributions to Trump's campaign. Last weekend, now-vice president-elect Mike Pence told "Fox News Sunday" that Christie would remain as transition team leader despite the convictions of two of his former top aides in the Bridgegate lane closure conspiracy.

Yet despite Pence saying that Christie had played a valuable role in the Trump movement, it was Pence who reportedly beat Christie out for the vice presidential nod, though Christie told Charlie Rose of CBS earlier this week that Trump never actually offered him the number-two gig.

Christie also told Rose that he doesn't necessarily want to serve as Trump's attorney general, but just wants to be "helpful to him." Politico reported early Wednesday that attorney general and Homeland Security secretary are two positions where Christie could fit, and reported that White House chief of staff has been another consideration.

For Trump's part, a passing mention of Christie during his acceptance speech was all he was willing to say about the governor Wednesday morning.

"Chris Christie, folks, was unbelievable," Trump said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Patrick Lavery produces "New Jersey's First News" and is New Jersey 101.5's morning drive breaking news reporter. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email

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