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New Jersey First Lady to get more involved with Sky Blue

Posted at 6:05 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 18:05:18-05

The wife of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says she'll take a more active role in running Sky Blue, the professional women's soccer club based in the state.

The Murphys are part owners of the National Women's Soccer League team, whose facilities and player accommodations have been criticized.

In a statement, Tammy Murphy pointed to "upscale apartments and new furnishings" for the players. She also said staff would be increased by 40 percent, and administrative offices would be moved closer to player housing.

Last summer multiple reports surfaced that Sky Blue players faced substandard playing and living conditions, following cryptic comments by former forward Sam Kerr. The team had no restrooms or running water at its training facility, and some players were housed in apartments where cardboard or plastic covered broken windows, among other issues. Sky Blue won just one game last season.

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