PERSONALITY: Bartels of New Jersey

For decades mob corruption pervaded the public and private life of New Jersey. Politicians were manipulated, unions controlled, businessmen forced to pay off, policemen bribed into blindness. That situation has now changed in some startling ways. In the most significant attack on organized crime in the state's history, 40 separate indictments have been brought against 300 people—among them powerful politicians, union officials and mob leaders.

The man behind much of the change is John Bartels, 36, director of the Justice Department Strike Force that has been rooting out New Jersey corruption for...

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