JACKSON-Even though Phil Murphy and his Democrats lost the 2018 election to gain control of Jackson Township and its municipal planning and zoning boards, the governor coming to town anyway, or at least he hopes so.
Murphy is the owner of the SkyBlue FC soccer club which is seeking to carve out a 200 acre patch of forest to build a soccer stadium, hotel and a massive sports complex in Jackson Township. If built, it will be called Trophy Park.
The huge complex, if constructed, would be built on much of the wooded land along the shore of Prospertown Lake, south of Six Flags Great Adventure. It would feature 23 full sized athletic fields and a 400,000 square foot indoor sports facility on 200 acres, according to their website and recently submitted application to the Jackson zoning board.
The building will also include a dorm facility for the players on the team.
According to the company’s website, the plan is to open the facility by 2020. A hearing for Murphy’s project will be held on November 19th before the Jackson Township Planning Board.
Related: Earlier this year, Murphy came under fire for how SkyBlue FC treats its female athletes.
The 2018 election in Jackson for control of the municipal government was a fierce battle in which Democrats fought hard to gain control of the township’s governing body. In that election, incumbent Mayor Michael Reina fended off a well funded Democrat backed attack from Monmouth County NJEA President Tracie Yostpille and her support staff that had connections all the way to the top of the New Jersey Democrat food chain.
Residents in town were caught off guard when Democrats showed up to run a smear campaign against Reina with a seemingly endless supply of cash to spend on marketing mailers attempting to defame the current mayor.
During the campaign, Yostpille, whose campaign was managed by one of the New Jersey Democrat’s top political consultants, Mitch Seim, a former Lakewood Township Committeeman, clamored for the removal of members of the township’s planning board.
Prior to her election defeat, Murphy’s SkyBlue FC women’s soccer club submitted an application to build a new stadium and mega complex to include a 6,000 seat soccer stadium, soccer fields, a sprawling retail complex and a 200 room hotel complex.
Trophy Park is being built in conjunction with Maser Consulting, according to the company’s website. Maser Consulting is a major campaign contributor to New Jersey Democrats, including donations made to campaign and political action committees run by Yostpille’s former campaign consultant, Seim.