Phil Murphy, Sky Blue FC's majority owner, is elected New Jersey governor

Phil Murphy, the majority owner of the NWSL's Sky Blue FC, was elected New Jersey governor, beating Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in a race to succeed Chris Christie.

Murphy, who was wearing a U.S. Soccer jacket with the initials "PM" on it as he greeted commuters in Hoboken on Wednesday morning, has been active in Democratic politics. He was the national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2006 and served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, where he served four years (2009-13).

The Observer reported that Murphy made his 2016 Federal tax return available to reporters to see on Friday and it showed he lost roughly $523,000 on Sky Blue FC. Politico hds reported last year Murphy lost $614,107 in 2015 and his total losses on Sky Blue FC exceeded $5 million.

A strategist for Murphy told Politico last year that the investment "was never financial. Instead, Murphy, a soccer enthusiast, wanted to demonstrate to his daughter that soccer is not only a men’s sport."

Murphy became involved in Sky Blue FC when it joined WPS in 2009.  The New Jersey-based club has never finished higher than fourth in its eight seasons in WPS and the NWSL, but it was the first WPS champion in 2009. It hasn't made the playoff since the first season of the NWSL in 2013.
2 comments about "Phil Murphy, Sky Blue FC's majority owner, is elected New Jersey governor".
  1. :: SilverRey ::, November 8, 2017 at 6:48 p.m.

    Whoah, didn't realize that was him!

    Hey, now the NYCFC Pigeons will be able to get a stadium - in NJ.

  2. Albert Harris, November 9, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.

    $5 million so your daughter can see that soccer isn't just a man's game. That's got to put him in the running for soccer dad of the year at the very least!

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