, 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.