Nation: Listening in on the Mafia

LAW enforcement officials have long maintained that the Mafia has extensive influence over officials at every level of government in New Jersey. The Mafiosi apparently feel that way too. In lengthy transcripts of bugged Mafia conversations made public last week, New Jersey hoodlums boasted of their power to control and corrupt public officials throughout the state, from the statehouse at Trenton to the smallest municipal police station.

The transcript was disclosed at the federal extortion trial of Mafia Leader Angelo ("Gyp") De Carlo, 67, and three associates in Newark. It contained conversations...