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Nicholas 'Nicky Skins' Stefanelli wore a wire for the FBI, recording conversations with associates up and down the East Coast. Two years ago, 'Skins' committed suicide, but his secret tapes live on. (Photo illustration: Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

Nicholas ‘Nicky Skins’ Stefanelli wore a wire for the FBI, recording conversations with associates up and down the East Coast. Two years ago, ‘Skins’ committed suicide, but his secret tapes live on. (Photo illustration: Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

By George Anastasia/For Inside Jersey

They said he was a “good man” and “solid as a rock.”

They said he had the right bloodlines, that his father had been one of them before him.

And that, they all agreed, was important.

This was how a group of mobsters, meeting over lunch at a restaurant in Kenilworth three years ago, described Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli, a soldier in the Gambino crime family who was sitting with them that day.

“If you don’t know the families, the grandmothers, the grandfathers, forget it,” said Joseph “Scoops” Licata, a capo who ran a North Jersey crew for the Philadelphia mob.

“Only way to survive,” added John Gambino, a leader of the New York family that bears his name. “You only need quality, not quantity.”

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