New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie exits a polling station after casting his vote during the New Jersey elections on Nov. 5, 2013. (Eduardo Munoz/ Reuters)

Turns out its not just presidential campaigns that begin immediately after the last one ends.

Gov. Chris Christie (R) just won reelection last fall, but Democrats in New Jersey are apparently already lining up to succeed him.

Philip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, who was the national Democrats’ chief fundraiser during the 2008 presidential election and served as President Obama’s top envoy in Germany from August 2009 through May 2013, is now thinking he might run for governor in 2017. Because why not?

The Star Ledger puts it in context:

“And it comes as Democrats — stymied and overshadowed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie for most of the last five years — believe they’re near shoo-ins to reclaim the governor’s office in a post-Christie world. Though the next race for governor isn’t scheduled until 2017, it could come sooner if Christie leaves early to run for president.”

Murphy’s name had been floated as a challenger to Christie in 2013, but now, with the field wide open he’s more seriously considering it.

Ambassador to elected public office isn’t a common career trajectory, although Murphy would not be the first diplomat turned politician. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), for one, served as the U.S. ambassador in India and to the United Nations, before he became a senator.