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Politics

Senator pushed contract for friend

NEW YORK — Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye surgeon, has always been happy to help out his friend, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

He rushed to the senator’s side when Menendez’s mother died, flew him around the country on his private jet, and delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit Menendez and the national Democratic Party.

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