NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Team’s New Stadium in Environmentally Sensitive Area

Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) poses for a photo with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in recognition of her 100th Goal prior to the first half of the National Womens Soccer League game between Sky Blue FC and Seattle Reign FC on April 15, 2018, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.

Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) poses for a photo with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in recognition of her 100th Goal prior to the first half of the National Womens Soccer League game between Sky Blue FC and Seattle Reign FC on April 15, 2018, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Gov. Phil Murphy is a millionaire soccer fan who owns his own soccer team. Environmentalists aren’t thrilled with plans to build that team a new stadium in a forested area of Jackson Township that they say is one of the most environmentally sensitive areas in the state.

Politico reports that Trophy Park is scheduled to open in 2020 and will serve as the headquarters of Sky Blue FC, the professional woman’s soccer team Murphy owns.

But environmentalists say the plan would involve clearing about 200 acres of trees that is linked to the Pinelands National Preserve, but isn’t under the same strict protections, according to Politico.

The proposed site is just south of Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, the website said.
When queried, a spokesman for the governor’s office referred questions to the Sky Blue, which said it was interested in the development, but did not have an ownership stake, Politico reported.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Team’s New Stadium in Environmentally Sensitive Area