Just saw this article on Slate. According to the Center for Public Integrity's recent study, eight states received a failing grade for corruption in their state governments, focusing on transparency and accountability. What's the big story here, though? New Jersey ranked first! The states that scored the highest tended to be those who recently dealt with corruption scandals interestingly enough, owing to the fact that they had to subsequently beef up their ethics laws. That's another in the win column for the Garden State...get at us.
(Granted, we only got a B+ and no state earned an A, but whatevs.)