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Hospital Trustee and Producer of “The Soprano State” a Generous Donor to Bob Menendez

A donor of the embattled Sen. Bob Menendez once produced a film that highlighted political corruption in New Jersey.

As the corruption trial for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) rolls on, it’s not just the embattled New Jersey Democrat facing the heat. Fellow Democrats who have benefitted from Menendez’ political donations are coming under scrutiny, as are his colleagues who are ducking questions on his potential expulsion from the Senate.

The bribery trial has implications outside of Washington as well. Campaign finance records indicate that one prominent New Jerseyan, Steven Kalafer, has donated $11,500 to the embattled Menendez over the years.

Why does this matter? Kalafer, who serves on the board of directors of RWJBarnabas, the Garden State’s largest health care system, gained prominence in 2010 for producing a movie called “The Soprano State,” documenting political corruption in New Jersey.

Kalafer told the Star-Ledger that “it was time to do an in-depth documentary about corruption in the state of New Jersey.”

Back then, he bragged his film would examine “the most recent political corruption taking place in our generation.”

No word yet if Kalafer has a sequel in the works documenting his own donations to the scandal-plagued Menendez.