The election for a new governor in New Jersey is over a year away, but the first candidate for the 2017 election has declared his candidacy. Democratic businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy has declared his candidacy 13 months before next year’s primary election. Other potential Democrat candidates expected to enter the race include Senate President Steve Sweeney, Sen. Ray Lesniak, and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Gov. Christie’s second term ends in January of 2018.