The upcoming Hollywood movie American Hustle delves into the seedy side of politics, which, yes, means that it’s set in – of all places – New Jersey.
Set for release on Dec. 20th, the film features a dramatization of events around the FBI’s ABSCAM sting operation in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which ultimately toppled U.S. Senator Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) on bribery charges.
U.S. Rep. Frank Thompson (D-NJ) was another political casualty, framed by an FBI agent posing as an Arab sheik.
The scandal-mangled Thompson lost his 1980 re-election bid to Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, the sitting dean of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation.