Gandolfini was in town for Saturday's Rutgers-Michigan State college football game when his Chevrolet Avalanche sport utility vehicle was hit broadside by a driver who police said ran a red light. Gandolfini is a Rutgers alumnus.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Charles Collins, 72, of New Brunswick, who was driving a Lincoln Town Car, was issued a summons for drunken driving and was released, police said. He was not hurt.
Gandolfini and three friends stopped for dinner at a local restaurant after the crash. He then returned to his home in New York City, police said.
The Scarlet Knights beat Michigan State 19-14.