Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno square off for Chris Christie’s seat.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s time in office is up.

On Tuesday, November 7, the people of New Jersey will elect a new governor. The race is between Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, and Republican Kim Guadagno, who is currently serving as Christie’s lieutenant governor.

Polls close at 8 pm Eastern time on Tuesday.

This is one of two gubernatorial contests in 2017 that are being closely tracked as a litmus test of Donald Trump’s presidency (the other is in Virginia).

A blue-leaning state that overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, New Jersey has a history of electing Republicans at the state level. But this year, the odds are in favor of a Democratic win. Early polls have shown Murphy solidly ahead of Guadagno, holding a double-digit lead throughout. One day before the election, Murphy led Guadagno by 14 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average.

Much of that can be attributed to the sheer unpopularity of Christie — who recorded the lowest approval rating of any New Jersey governor in history, at 15 percent. (Remember when he and his family were caught on the state beach he had closed to New Jersey residents as part of the government shutdown?)

But Murphy’s seemingly easy rise poses an interesting situation for the Democratic Party — in a time the Democratic Party has moved the left, with a growing number of political hopefuls adopting a populist message, New Jersey’s next governor could very likely be a former Goldman Sachs executive.

Both candidates are trying to avoid the shadows of past governors

In the past months, Murphy, who easily won the Democratic nomination in June, has had to answer for a past that resembles that of former Read More Here